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Something Is Out There: Stories

by Richard Bausch

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Bausch's stories are grim but reflect a deep sense of understanding what it is that makes up relationships and contributes to their demise. Each one sets up a seemingly simple situation, and then we are drawn onto a path that hurls us headlong into the waiting wall. ( )
  booksx2 | Jun 4, 2010 |
Great collection of short stories. ( )
  justella | Mar 15, 2010 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0307266273, Hardcover)

From the prizewinning novelist and world-renowned short-story writer, the author of 2008’s universally acclaimed novel Peace (“A brilliant one-act drama depicting the futility and moral complexity of combat” —The New York Times), eleven indelible new tales that showcase the electrifying artistry of a master.

A husband confronts the power of youth and the inexorable truths of old age. A son sits by his mother’s bedside determined to give her what she needs in her final days, even though doing so means breaking his own heart. A brief adulterous tryst illuminates the fragility of our most intimate relations. A young man returns in the face of crisis to the parents he once rejected. A divorced young woman dealing with slowly increasing despair develops an obsesion about a note that fell from the pocket of a man who came to eat in the café where she works. A wife whose husband has been shot must weather a terrible snowstorm with her two sons, as well as a storm of doubt about the extent of his involvement in a crime.

Richard Bausch’s stories contend with transfixing themes: marital and familial estrangement, ways of trespass, the intractable mysteries and frights of daily life in these times, the uncertainty of knowledge and truth, the gulfs between friends and lovers, the frailty of even the most abiding love—while underlining throughout the persistence of love, the obdurate forces that connect us. His consummate skill, penetrating wit, and unfailing emotional generosity are on glorious display in this fine new collection.

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Richard Bausch presents eleven new and indelible tales that showcase the electrifying artistry of a master. His stories contend with transfixing themes: marital and familiar estrangement, ways of trespass, the intractable mysteries and frights of daily life in these time, the uncertainty of knowledge and truth, the gulfs between friends and lovers, the frailty of even the most abiding love -- while underlining throughout the persistence of love, the obdurate forces that connect us.… (more)

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