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Back in the World

Wolff, Tobias

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ISBN 10: 0395354161 / ISBN 13: 9780395354162
Published by Houghton Mifflin, 1985
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Title: Back in the World

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin

Publication Date: 1985

Binding: Hard Cover

Edition: First Edition

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This new collection of ten short stories is a record of the lives and secrets of diverse men and women and their sometimes comical, sometimes violent progress

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soldiers in Vietnam, "back in the world" meant America and safety. To Tobias Wolff's characters, Back in the World is where lives that have veered out of control just might become normal again. Unfortunately, the men and women in these gripping, pungent, and wonderfully skewed stories have only the vaguest notion of what normal is. A gentle priest finds himself in a Vegas hotel with a hysterical, sun-burned stranger. A show-biz hopeful undergoes a dubious audition in a hearse speeding across the California desert. An aging soldier is distracted from a night of philandering by a gun-toting neighbor and a suicidal enlisted man. As he moves among these unfortunates, Wolff observes the disparity between their realities and their dreams, in ten stories of exhilarating lucidity and grace.

Stories included are: "The Missing Person," "Say Yes," "The Poor Are Always With Us," "Sister," "Soldier's Joy," "Desert Breakdown,

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