Twenty-One: Selected Stories

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This masterly volumn contains the best shorter fiction written by Just over the last 25 years. "The working life, the war, politics, love affairs, and marriage seem to be the waters in which my boat sets sail," Just writes. He is intimately at home in places where most writers simply dare not venture, and his accounts of life as it is lived behind the scenes in places of power have the ring of flawless authenticity. Here is a generous selection of the work that has earned Just the reputation as "one of the most ...
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Overview

This masterly volumn contains the best shorter fiction written by Just over the last 25 years. "The working life, the war, politics, love affairs, and marriage seem to be the waters in which my boat sets sail," Just writes. He is intimately at home in places where most writers simply dare not venture, and his accounts of life as it is lived behind the scenes in places of power have the ring of flawless authenticity. Here is a generous selection of the work that has earned Just the reputation as "one of the most astute writers of American fiction."
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Written between 1972 and 1989 and set in centers of power, such as Capitol Hill and Chicago's moneyed North Shore, these stories portray successful ``insiders'' whose ambition and cynicism are often balanced with romantic notions. According to PW : ``Sophisticated and developed with consummate skill . . .the narratives unfurl with bravura pacing. '' (Aug.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780804108058
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 6/30/1991
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 416

Meet the Author

Ward Just is the author of fourteen previous novels, including the National book Award finalist Echo House and An Unfinished Season, winner of the Chicago Tribune's Heartland Award. In a career that began as a war correspondent for Newsweek and the Washington Post, Just has lived and written in half a dozen countries, including Britain, France, and Vietnam. His characters often lead public lives as politicians, civil servants, soldiers, artists, and writers. It is the tension between public duty and private conscience that animates much of his fiction, including Forgetfulness. Just and his wife, Sarah Catchpole, divide their time between Martha's Vineyard and Paris.
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