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Back in the World: Stories
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Vintage Books
Publication date October 1, 1996
Pages 212
Binding Paperback
Edition Reissue
Book category Adult Fiction
ISBN-13 9780679767961
ISBN-10 0679767967
Dimensions 0.75 by 5.50 by 8.25 in.
Weight 0.55 lbs.
Original list price $14.95
Summaries and Reviews
Amazon.com description: Product Description: To American soldiers in Vietnam, "back in the world" meant America and safety. To Tobias Wolff's characters, Back in the World is where lives that have veered out of control just might become normal again. Unfortunately, the men and women in these gripping, pungent, and wonderfully skewed stories have only the vaguest notion of what normal is. A gentle priest finds himself in a Vegas hotel with a hysterical, sun-burned stranger. A show-biz hopeful undergoes a dubious audition in a hearse speeding across the California desert. An aging soldier is distracted from a night of philandering by a gun-toting neighbor and a suicidal enlisted man. As he moves among these unfortunates, Wolff observes the disparity between their realities and their dreams, in ten stories of exhilarating lucidity and grace.

Stories included are: "The Missing Person," "Say Yes," "The Poor Are Always With Us," "Sister," "Soldier's Joy," "Desert Breakdown," "Our Story Begins," "Leviathan," and "The Rich Brother."

"Terrific...The magic of his fiction cannot be explained. It is the ancient art of the master storyteller."--Tim O'Brien

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Hardcover
Book cover for 9780395354162
 
from Houghton Mifflin (September 1, 1985)
9780395354162 | details & prices | List price $15.95
About: This new collection of ten short stories is a record of the lives and secrets of diverse men and women and their sometimes comical, sometimes violent progress
Paperback
Book cover for 9780679767961
 
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Reissue edition from Vintage Books (October 1, 1996)
9780679767961 | details & prices | 212 pages | 5.50 × 8.25 × 0.75 in. | 0.55 lbs | List price $14.95
About: To American soldiers in Vietnam, "back in the world" meant America and safety.

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