Search Party: Stories of Rescue

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In the epigraph to this volume, Penelope Fitzgerald tells us: “If a story begins with finding, it must end with searching,” and so we discover each story here to follow the arc of a search, just as each also contains a rescue. What is immediately apparent is that it will be impossible to guess the form this rescue will take or even who it is who’ll require it.

Instead, the astonishingly talented Valerie Trueblood has imbued each story with its own depth and mystery, so rescue ...

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Overview

In the epigraph to this volume, Penelope Fitzgerald tells us: “If a story begins with finding, it must end with searching,” and so we discover each story here to follow the arc of a search, just as each also contains a rescue. What is immediately apparent is that it will be impossible to guess the form this rescue will take or even who it is who’ll require it.

Instead, the astonishingly talented Valerie Trueblood has imbued each story with its own depth and mystery, so rescue comes as a surprise to the reader, who is in intimate sympathy for the soul in extremity. And these are diverse characters whose fates, in lesser hands, might be thought of as hopeless: the fired cop turned security guard, the stolid, 19-year-old nurses’ aide who will not be going to art school, the cynical radio producer who is dying of breast cancer and on a plane on her way to Lourdes.

In these thirteen stories linked by a common transcendent human genius, the writing is confident and clear and original, and often drop-dead stunning, as if the stories are being told by the most casually eloquent among us.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
The diamond-sharp stories in Trueblood’s second collection dazzle. In “Think Not Bitterly of Me,” Abby watches the present-day docudrama of her childhood kidnapping in the 1930s and wonders, “If your life was just any old thing, what made you keep at it?” Despite the obstacles thrown in their way by fate (one character is knocked unconscious by her lover; another is stabbed by her mother; another fights cancer), Trueblood’s characters do keep at it, searching not for meaning or answers, but simply for rest. As a young home health aide helping a 39-year-old man with MS puts it, “Your life was there, like your fingerprint, inescapable.” Yet moments of connection and grace constitute the rescue referred to in the subtitle, such as when ex-cop and school security officer Dooley talks a student out of shooting himself, in “Downward Dog”; and when a widower comes to accept his son’s disabled girlfriend Guadalupe, a woman “of whom he had been told and not told,” because her vulnerability matches his own, in “Guatemala.” Trueblood (Marry or Burn) tells these stories from unusual angles, with precision and a depth of insight and empathy that enfold the reader into the characters’ lives. Agent: Jessica Papin, Dystel & Goderich Literary Management. (June)
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Praise for Search Party

24 Books to Pick Up this September - Oprah.com

Best short story collection of the summer - The Guardian

"The diamond-sharp stories in Trueblood’s second collection dazzle...Trueblood tells these stories from unusual angles, with precision and a depth of insight and empathy that enfold the reader into the characters’ lives." —Publishers Weekly (starred)

“[Trueblood] excels at the vignette. ‘Downward Dog,’ ‘The Stabbed Boy’ and ‘Street of Dreams’ are no more than four pages each, and yet they insinuate themselves with a minimum of detail—they resonate . . . Trueblood is a writer to follow.” —Kirkus

"With each story full of wry humor, clearly drawn characters and absolutely exquisite writing, this is one best books of stories I’ve ever read. Valerie Trueblood’s latest collection is united by the theme of earthly redemption: in each someone is saved from what we think of as Fate. Brilliant. Not to be missed." —Jane Vandenburgh

"There are no easy rescues in Trueblood's (Marry or Burn, 2010) newest unflinching story collection, yet characters still struggle to be saved despite the obstacles...she piercingly captures glimpses of salvation that remain just out of reach." —Leah Strauss, Booklist

"For the people of Search Party who are “living those days as secreted away,” there seems only more searching. Yet though life is enduringly perilous, they continue to seek the help they believe is coming. For these defiant characters, their very salvation is found in their stories. Trueblood proves herself eminently capable of telling them." - The Dallas Morning News

Spring/Summer short story collection of note - Library Journal

List of eight successful 2013 story collections - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

"Trueblood’s last collection, Marry or Burn, turned the topic of women and marriage on its ear, with stories The Rumpus described as bittersweet, mournful and joyful in equal measure. Here she does the same for the idea of redemption. " - Monterey County Weekly

"Stories like “Downward Dog” and “Think Not Bitterly of Me” are finely honed character studies, and though it’s not quite right to say it’s a “pleasure” to get inside these characters’ heads, it’s a revelatory experience." - Ron Hogan, Beatrice.com

"In her second collection, the author delivers 13 stories of depth and mystery." - The Columbus Dispatch

"Trueblood's third collection brings together 13 diverse stories of people lost and being found. On paper the characters are seemingly average: Parents, firefighters, travelers, and cancer survivors, but each story unlocks surprising depth...ultimately reminding us that we are all bound by our collective humanity." - Kelsey Thomas, Bustle.com

"One of the best collections I have read in a long time, maybe ever (though her last, MARRY OR BURN, was right up there as well). The one word that I think sums up the collection best is "vast"— each story is a world complete in itself. " - Siobhan Fallon, author of You Know When the Men Are Gone

Kirkus Reviews
An uneven collection that contains a few outstanding examples of the art of the short story. To say the collection is uneven is to recognize that the best stories are so strong that the average stories suffer by comparison. It is in the title story, the longest of the collection and packed with enough action for a novel, that the dispassionate narrator attends to several characters in a drama that, summarized, is a hit parade of woe: a lost child, madness, sudden death, suicide. "The Magic Pebble" is exceptional too. The strands of a life unraveled by illness are inspected separately. The narrator, a radio host, talks to and of the people around her on a charter flight to Lourdes (she is doing a story) of her son's difficulties at school and of the first trip she made after in-patient chemo. This little vacation to Lake Powell goes horribly wrong, and we wonder why Trueblood is not writing stories of fishing or whaling, so superb are her observations of icy, unforgiving water. She excels at the vignette. "Downward Dog," "The Stabbed Boy" and "Street of Dreams" are no more than four pages each, and yet they insinuate themselves with a minimum of detail--they resonate. The weaker narratives are clotted; there is an excess of observation, action, explanation. This is true of "Guatemala" and "The Blue Grotto," where the end seems another, less effective, iteration of the powerful end of "Search Party." Trueblood (Mary or Burn, 2010, etc.) is a writer to follow.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781619021495
  • Publisher: Counterpoint Press
  • Publication date: 7/16/2013
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 818,777
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Valerie Trueblood is the author of the award winning Seven Loves and the extraordinary earlier collection of stories, Marry or Burn. She lives in Seattle.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 30, 2013

    Seaarch party

    This is poorly written. The reader feels as tho theyare iin the middle of a pipe dream.

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    Posted July 10, 2013

    Matt

    I dnt know ughh. My heart seems to b playing tug a war with u two

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