The stories of Frederick Busch
—Busch, Frederick, 1941-2006.
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2014
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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 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.

Item Details
Subjects:
Short stories, American.
Genre:
Short stories.
Other Authors:
Busch, Frederick, 1941-2006. Short stories. Selections.
Strout, Elizabeth, editor.
ISBN:
9780393239546
Edition:
First edition.
Description:
viii, 493 pages ; 25 cm
Contents:
Hardwater country (1974, 1979). Widow water
The lesson of the Ht̥el 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.
LCCN:
2013041070
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