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Our Story Begins: New and Selected Stories
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Alfred a Knopf Inc
Publication date March 25, 2008
Pages 379
Binding Hardcover
Edition 1
Book category Adult Fiction
ISBN-13 9781400044597
ISBN-10 1400044596
Dimensions 1.50 by 7 by 9.50 in.
Weight 1.50 lbs.
Availability§ Publisher Out of Stock Indefinitely
Original list price $26.95
§As reported by publisher
Summaries and Reviews
Summary
A masterful compilation of short fiction by the author of Old School and This Boy's Life combines ten original works with twenty-one classic tales that chronicle the unexpected revelations that occur in the lives of characters ranging from a teacher abducted by a student's father to an attorney taking a difficult deposition. 60,000 first printing.
Amazon.com description: Product Description: “One of our most exquisite storytellers” (Esquire) gives us his first collection in over a decade: ten potent new stories that, along with twenty-one classics, display his mastery over a quarter century.

Tobias Wolff’s first two books, In the Garden of the North American Martyrs and Back in the World, were a powerful demonstration of how the short story can “provoke our amazed appreciation,” as The New York Times Book Review wrote then. In the years since, he’s written a third collection, The Night in Question, as well as a pair of genre-defining memoirs (This Boy’s Life and In Pharaoh’s Army), the novella The Barracks Thief, and, most recently, a novel, Old School.

Now he returns with fresh revelations—about biding one’s time, or experiencing first love, or burying one’s mother—that come to a variety of characters in circumstances at once everyday and extraordinary: a retired Marine enrolled in college while her son trains for Iraq, a lawyer taking a difficult deposition, an American in Rome indulging the Gypsy who’s picked his pocket. In these stories, as with his earlier, much-anthologized work, he once again proves himself, according to the Los Angeles Times, “a writer of the highest order: part storyteller, part philosopher, someone deeply engaged in asking hard questions that take a lifetime to resolve.”

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Hardcover
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1 edition from Alfred a Knopf Inc (March 25, 2008)
9781400044597 | details & prices | 379 pages | 7.00 × 9.50 × 1.50 in. | 1.50 lbs | List price $26.95
About: A masterful compilation of short fiction by the author of Old School and This Boy's Life combines ten original works with twenty-one classic tales that chronicle the unexpected revelations that occur in the lives of characters ranging from a teacher abducted by a student's father to an attorney taking a difficult deposition.
Paperback
Book cover for 9781400095971
 
Reprint edition from Vintage Books (April 7, 2009)
9781400095971 | details & prices | 379 pages | 5.25 × 8.00 × 1.00 in. | 0.60 lbs | List price $17.00
About: This collection of stories—twenty-one classics followed by ten potent new stories—displays Tobias Wolff's exquisite gifts over a quarter century.
CD/Spoken Word
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With Anthony Heald (other contributor) | Unabridged edition from Blackstone Audio Inc (April 1, 2008)
9781433203985 | details & prices | 5.25 × 6.00 × 1.75 in. | 0.65 lbs | List price $29.95
About: A collection of potent new stories that, along with twenty-one classics, displays Wolffs mastery over a quarter century.
Mp3 una edition from Blackstone Audio Inc (April 1, 2008)
9781433203992 | details & prices | 7.75 × 5.25 × 0.75 in. | 0.20 lbs | List price $29.95
About: A collection of potent new stories that, along with twenty-one classics, displays Wolffs mastery over a quarter century.
With Anthony Heald (other contributor) | Unabridged edition from Blackstone Audio Inc (April 1, 2008)
9781433203961 | details & prices | 6.75 × 6.75 × 1.00 in. | 0.68 lbs | List price $99.00
Cassette/Spoken Word
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With Anthony Heald (other contributor) | Unabridged edition from Blackstone Audio Inc (April 1, 2008)
9781433203978 | details & prices | 6.50 × 4.00 × 2.75 in. | 0.90 lbs | List price $29.95
With Anthony Heald (other contributor) | Unabridged edition from Blackstone Audio Inc (April 1, 2008)
9781433203954 | details & prices | 6.50 × 9.50 × 2.25 in. | 1.44 lbs | List price $79.95
About: A collection of potent new stories that, along with twenty-one classics, display Wolffs mastery over a quarter century.

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