Fiction Frederick Busch Children in the Woods

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Children in the Woods

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9780449909799: Children in the Woods

"Powerful . . . Fiction of a very high order . . . Frederick Busch at his best."
-- Los Angeles Times Book Review
"[These] provocative tales center around relationships gone awry, families grappling with loss, and lonely men and women struggling with remnants of love . . . . What Busch ultimately serves is a heady and rewarding brew made up of people as real as ourselves, groping for and sometimes even discovering the comforts of love."
-- USA Today
"Memorable . . . [The] stories leap off the page with astonishing resilience and vigor. . . . Busch is a chronicler of domestic manners whose insights into family hierarchies transcend the factual to attain poetry and truth."
-- The Boston Globe

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From Publishers Weekly:

Busch's magical, moving stories cut to the bone, revealing concealed fears, pains and hopes as he surveys the wreckage of fractured families, embattled marriages, ruptured lives. He proffers no neat endings, no assurances. A country doctor whose dog is stolen by a demented marijuana farmer finds himself in the middle of a drug bust ("The Page"). An enormously overweight man who discovers acceptance in the arms of his weekend lover must deal with her violent estranged husband ("The Trouble with Being Food"). Also a novelist ( Long Way from Home ), Busch exploits plot devices brilliantly, as in "Bring Your Friends to the Zoo," in which the contrast between the impersonality of the London Zoo and the heated break-up of an American and his married English lover create tension. Love of another sort fuels "Folk Tales," about a New York psychoanalyst who finds in his deceased mother's safety deposit box a letter he had written as an eight-year-old to Albert Einstein, along with the famed physicist's reply. In these 23 stories from the last two decades, the winner of the 1991 PEN/Malamud award for short fiction shows himself to be a master at exploring the human predicament.
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From Library Journal:

For readers unfamiliar with Busch's work, this collection of new and selected stories provides an excellent introduction. Older fans will appreciate having some of his best short fiction gathered in one place (at least 18 of the 23 stories have appeared previously in a variety of sources, beginning with the 1974 O. Henry Award winner, "Is Anyone Left This Time of Year?"). Long noted for his adroitness in adopting different personae to explore the vulnerabilities of human existence, Busch is a writer of style and power. As he points out, we are too often "puppets on the fingers of our arguments." This reviewer's favorite tale is "What You Might As Well Call Love," in which a father becomes vividly aware of the fragility of life as he imagines his son being swept away in a raging torrent. His fear and love are emotions we can all understand. It is not for nothing that Busch received the 1991 Pen Malamud Award for short fiction. This work is worthy of addition to even the smallest collections of literary fiction.
- David W. Henderson, Eckerd Coll. Lib., St. Petersburg, Fla.
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