The Stories of Frederick Busch

The Stories of Frederick Busch


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A selection of short stories from a twentieth-century “American master” (Dan Cryer, Newsday).

A contemporary of Ann Beattie and Tobias Wolff, Frederick Busch was one of our great American storytellers. Busch’s fiction is plainspoken; his subjects are single moments in so-called ordinary life. The stories in this volume, selected by Pulitzer Prize winner Elizabeth Strout, are tales of fathers and sons, husbands and wives, daughters and fathers. In “Ralph the Duck,” a security guard struggles to hang on to his marriage. In “Name the Name,” a traveling teacher attends to students outside the home, including his own son, locked in a county jail. In Busch’s work we are reminded that we have no idea what goes on behind closed doors or in the mind of another. In the words of Raymond Carver, “With astonishing felicity of detail, Busch presents us with a world where real things are at stake—and sometimes, as in the real world, everything is risked.”

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393239546
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 12/02/2013
Pages: 512
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.70(d)

About the Author

Frederick Busch (1941–2006) won numerous awards including an American Academy of Arts and Letters Fiction Award, and taught at Colgate University for many years. His books include North, A Memory of War, and Don’t Tell Anyone, a New York Times Notable Book.

Elizabeth Strout is the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Olive Kitteridge. She lives in New York.

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