Tobias Wolffâs 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 âprovoke our amazed appreciation,â as The New York Times Book Review wrote then. In the years since, heâs written a third collection, The Night in Question, as well as a pair of genre-defining memoirs (This Boyâs Life and In Pharaohâs Army), the novella The Barracks Thief, and, most recently, a novel, Old School.
Now he returns with fresh revelationsâabout biding oneâs time, or experiencing first love, or burying oneâs motherâthat 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 whoâs picked his pocket. In these stories, as with his earlier, much-anthologized work, he once again proves himself, according to the Los Angeles Times, âa writer of the highest order: part storyteller, part philosopher, someone deeply engaged in asking hard questions that take a lifetime to resolve.â
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.
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