Title: Our Story Begins: New and Selected Stories
Publisher: Knopf, New York
Publication Date: 2008
Book Condition: Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine
Signed: Signed by Author(s)
Edition: First Edition.
Signed by Author 1400044596 FIRST EDITION (stated) SIGNED. Tobias Wolff. Our Story Begins: New and Selected Stories. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2008. Hardcover. 9.6 x 6.5 inches. 379 pages. Near fine in dj, no owner's name, price on dj intact. Signed by Wolff on the title page. His stories have won several awards: PEN/Malamud Award, Rea Award, PEN/Faulkner Award. Bookseller Inventory # 003449
Synopsis: ?One of our most exquisite storytellers? (Esquire) gives us his first collection in over a decade: ten potent new stories that, along with twenty-one classics, display his mastery over a quarter century.
Tobias Wolff?s first two books, In the Garden of the North American Martyrs and Back in the World, were a powerful demonstration of how the short story can ?provoke our amazed appreciation,? as The New York Times Book Review wrote then. In the years since, he?s written a third collection, The Night in Question, as well as a pair of genre-defining memoirs (This Boy?s Life and In Pharaoh?s Army), the novella The Barracks Thief, and, most recently, a novel, Old School.
Now he returns with fresh revelations?about biding one?s time, or experiencing first love, or burying one?s mother?that come to a variety of characters in circumstances at once everyday and extraordinary: a retired Marine enrolled in college while her son trains for Iraq, a lawyer taking a difficult deposition, an American in Rome indulging the Gypsy who?s picked his pocket. In these stories, as with his earlier, much-anthologized work, he once again proves himself, according to the Los Angeles Times, ?a writer of the highest order: part storyteller, part philosopher, someone deeply engaged in asking hard questions that take a lifetime to resolve.?
About the Author: Tobias Wolff is the author of seven previous books and the editor of The Vintage Book of American Short Stories. Among his honors are the PEN/Malamud Award and the Rea Award, both for excellence in the short story, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and the PEN/Faulkner Award. He lives in Northern California and teaches at Stanford University.
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