Problems With People

Problems With People

Stories

Book - 2014
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"Ranging from youth to old age, the voices that inhabit Problems with People offer tender, unexpected, and always tightly focused accounts of our quest to understand each other, individually, and as part of a political and historical moment. These stories are shot through with tragedy, the long-ago loss of a young boyfriend, a son's death at sea; poignant reflections upon cultural and personal circumstances, whether it is being Jewish, overweight and single, or a tourist in a history-haunted land; and paradigmatic questions about our sense of reality and belonging. Spanning diverse geographies, all across America, and in countries as distant as Nepal and South Africa, these stories showcase David Guterson's signature gifts for characterization, psychological nuance, emotional and moral suspense, and evocations of small-town life and the natural world. They celebrate the ordinary yet brightening surprises that lurk within the dramas of our daily lives, as well as the return of a contemporary American master to the form that launched his astonishing literary career."--Amazon.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, c2014
ISBN: 9780385351485
Branch Call Number: GUT
Characteristics: 163 p. ;,23 cm

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molly
Feb 16, 2015

I love Guterson's writing. Knew I would like these stories. Some remind me of Anita Brookner.

reissja Aug 26, 2014

Three of Guterson's stories in this collection are as good as any of the best short fiction being published by brilliant younger writers like Ben Marcus and Elizabeth McCracken, let alone Guterson's near contemporaries, Lorrie Moore and George Saunders. The first story, "Paradise," in Guterson's new book is initially terrific, but it then goes on to suffer from its excessively long parable within the main story. The second piece here, "Tenant," is terrific throughout, even if its premise is a bit Raymond Carverish. Its final section, however, goes way beyond Carver in its depiction of the narrator. The last paragraph functions as a technical and, more important, as an emotional breakthrough. I read Guterson for his sheer emotional chutzpah. I'll stake my rave review of this book on "Tenant" and two other stories. It may take you some searching to find them, but once you've read them I hope you'll see how stellar they are.

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