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The Stories of Frederick Busch

Author: Frederick Busch; Elizabeth Strout
Publisher: New York ; London : W.W. Norton & Company, [2014]
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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A contemporary of Ann Beattie and Tobias Wolff, Frederick Busch was a master craftsman of the form; his subjects were single-event moments in so-called ordinary life. The stories in this volume, selected by Pulitzer Prize winner Elizabeth Strout, are tales of families trying to heal their wounds, save their marriages, and rescue their children. In "Ralph the Duck," a security guard struggles to hang on to his  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Short stories
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Frederick Busch; Elizabeth Strout
ISBN: 9780393239546 0393239543
OCLC Number: 829738427
Description: viii, 493 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: Hardwater country (1974, 1979): Widow water --
The lesson of the Hôtel Lotti --
Family circle --
What you might as well call love --
Too late American boyhood blues (1984): The settlement of Mars --
Rise and fall --
Absent friends (1985): Ralph the Duck --
Orbits --
Naked --
Dog song --
Reruns --
Name the name --
To the hoop --
The children in the woods (1994): Dream abuse --
The page --
Don't tell anyone (2000): Heads --
Bob's your uncle --
Joy of cooking --
The Ninth, in e minor --
Vespers --
Timberline --
Still the same old story --
Are we pleasing you tonight? --
The baby in the box --
Domicile --
Rescue missions (2006): Good to go --
The small salvation --
The bottom of the glass --
Metal fatigue --
Patrols.
Other Titles: Short stories.
Responsibility: edited and with an introduction by Elizabeth Strout.

Abstract:

A contemporary of Ann Beattie and Tobias Wolff, Frederick Busch was a master craftsman of the form; his subjects were single-event moments in so-called ordinary life. The stories in this volume, selected by Pulitzer Prize winner Elizabeth Strout, are tales of families trying to heal their wounds, save their marriages, and rescue their children. In "Ralph the Duck," a security guard struggles to hang on to his marriage. In "Name the Name," a traveling teacher attends to students outside the school, including his own son, locked in a country jail. In Busch's work, we are reminded that we have no idea what goes on behind closed doors or in the mind of another. In the words of Raymond Carver, "With astonishing felicity of detail, Busch presents us with a world where real things are at stake--and sometimes, as in the real world, everything is risked." From his first volume, Hardwater Country (1974), to his most recent, Rescue Missions (2006), this volume selects thirty stories from an "American master" (Dan Cryer, Newsday), showcasing a body of work that is sure to shape American fiction for generations to come.

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