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The Night In Question: Stories
     

The Night In Question: Stories

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by Tobias Wolff
 

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One of the sinuous and subtly crafted stories in Tobias Wolff's new collection--his first in eleven years--begins with a man biting a dog. The fact that Wolff is reversing familiar expectations is only half the point. The other half is that Wolff makes the reversal seem inevitable: the dog has attacked his protagonist's young daughter. And everywhere in The Night

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One of the sinuous and subtly crafted stories in Tobias Wolff's new collection--his first in eleven years--begins with a man biting a dog. The fact that Wolff is reversing familiar expectations is only half the point. The other half is that Wolff makes the reversal seem inevitable: the dog has attacked his protagonist's young daughter. And everywhere in The Night in Question, we are reminded that truth is deceptive, volatile, and often the last thing we want to know.

A young reporter writes an obituary only to be fired when its subject walks into his office, very much alive. A soldier in Vietnam goads his lieutenant into sending him on increasingly dangerous missions. An impecunious mother and son go window-shopping for a domesticity that is forever beyond their grasp. Seamless, ironic, dizzying in their emotional aptness, these fifteen stories deliver small, exquisite shocks that leave us feeling invigorated and intensely alive.


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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780307763747
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/01/2010
Series:
Vintage Contemporaries
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
619,293
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

Tobias Wolff has written about his life in the acclaimed This Boy's Life and in In Pharoah's Army. Born in Alabama, he was raised in Salt Lake City and in the mountains above Seattle. He briefly attended prep school in Pennsylvania, then joined the U.S. Army in Vietnam. He thereafter took degrees at Oxford and Stanford. Since 1980 he has taught literature and writing at Syracuse University.

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Brief Biography

Hometown:
Northern California
Date of Birth:
June 19, 1945
Place of Birth:
Birmingham, Alabama
Education:
B.A., Oxford University, 1972; M.A., Stanford University, 1975

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