The Country Ahead of Us, the Country Behind

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Like his novel, Snow Falling On Cedars, for which he received the PEN/Faulkner Award, Guterson's beautifully observed and emotionally piercing short stories are set largely in the Pacific Northwest. In these vast landscapes, hunting, fishing, and sports are the givens of men's lives. With prose that stings like the scent of gunpowder, this is a collection of power.

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Overview

Like his novel, Snow Falling On Cedars, for which he received the PEN/Faulkner Award, Guterson's beautifully observed and emotionally piercing short stories are set largely in the Pacific Northwest. In these vast landscapes, hunting, fishing, and sports are the givens of men's lives. With prose that stings like the scent of gunpowder, this is a collection of power.

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Editorial Reviews

Lois Nesbitt
These short stories, set in the America of baseball lots, suburban homes, vans and campsites, evoke the mores and dilemmas of middle-class life with a familiarity tinged with nostalgia and tempered with irony....Mr. Guterson's voice, often submerged under the influence of Hemingway and Faulkner, emerges erratically. Many of the stories in ''The Country Ahead of Us, the Country Behind'' concern growing up and are structured around pivotal moments in their protagonists' boyhood or youth. -- New York Times
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Reprint of Guterson's 1989 debut, a collection of short stories set mostly in the Pacific Northwest. (Jan.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780679767183
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 4/28/1996
  • Series: Vintage Contemporaries Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 5.16 (w) x 7.99 (h) x 0.48 (d)

Meet the Author

David  Guterson

David Guterson is the author of a collection of short stories, The Country Ahead of Us, the Country Behind; Family Matters: Why Homeschooling Makes Sense; Snow Falling on Cedars, which won the 1995 PEN/Faulkner Award, the Pacific Northwest Bookseller Association Award, and was an international bestseller; and the national bestseller East of the Mountains.

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    1. Hometown:
      Bainbridge Island in Puget Sound
    1. Date of Birth:
      May 4, 1956
    2. Place of Birth:
      Seattle, Washington
    1. Education:
      M.A., University of Washington

Table of Contents

Angels in the Snow 3
Opening Day 16
Day of the Moonwalk 30
Aliens 45
Wood Grouse on a High Promontory Overlooking Canada 64
Piranhas 70
Three Hunters 88
American Elm 107
Arcturus 129
The Flower Garden 143
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 12, 2012

    Wonderful

    Great collection as only Guterson could describe

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