Waiting for the Evening News: Stories of the Deep South

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In stories filled with heart and humour, the acclaimed American novelist Tim Gautreaux explores the stresses and strains of everyday life as his characters struggle to make amends for their mistakes and maintain their hope for different, better days to come.

A petty thief is bested by a widow and her card-playing friends; a farmer must cope with raising his baby granddaughter; a train engineer indavertently causes a major disaster and finds himself caught up in a media frenzy ...

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In stories filled with heart and humour, the acclaimed American novelist Tim Gautreaux explores the stresses and strains of everyday life as his characters struggle to make amends for their mistakes and maintain their hope for different, better days to come.

A petty thief is bested by a widow and her card-playing friends; a farmer must cope with raising his baby granddaughter; a train engineer indavertently causes a major disaster and finds himself caught up in a media frenzy and a camera repairman discovers a woman's family history in-a roll of undevelopend film Ordinary people are confronted with extraordinary situations with results that are sometimes comic, somtimes magic, but always life-changing.

'In the tradition of Faulkner or Joyce (or for that matter Philip Roth or Nadine Gordimer), Gautreaux mines a deep cavity - his own place and-people and their concerns - that he may never exhaust. The world of literature is all the richer for it.'

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780340834558
  • Publisher: Sceptre
  • Publication date: 6/28/2010
  • Pages: 389
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Table of Contents

Same Place, Same Things 1

Waiting for the Evening News 13

Died and Gone to Vegas 37

The Courtship of Merlin LeBlanc 57

Navigators of Thought 73

People on the Empty Road 87

The Bug Man 110

Little Frogs in a Ditch 128

License to Steal 151

Floyd's Girl 165

Returnings 182

Deputy Sid's Gift 195

Welding with Children 210

Misuse of Light 127

Good for the Soul 243

Easy Pickings 261

The Piano Tuner 276

The Pine Oil Writers' Conference 298

Resistance 314

Sorry Blood 331

Sunset in Heaven 347

Rodeo Parole 363

Dancing with the One-Armed Gal 368

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