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Dog Song" in THE GRAYWOLF ANNUAL FOUR: SHORT STORIES BY MEN

Busch, Frederick

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ISBN 10: 1555971032 / ISBN 13: 9781555971038
Published by Graywolf Press, St. Paul, 1988
Condition: Very Good Soft cover
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First edition. Signed by Busch at his contribution. Perfect-bound glossy wraps. Edited by Scott Walker. Contributors include Baxter, Carver, Dybek, Ford, et al. Dampstain on topedge. Very Good condition. Bookseller Inventory # 91327

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Title: Dog Song" in THE GRAYWOLF ANNUAL FOUR: SHORT...

Publisher: Graywolf Press, St. Paul

Publication Date: 1988

Binding: Soft cover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Not Issued

Signed: Signed by Contributor

Edition: First Edition

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Book by Walker, Scott

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Walker, who also edited the three previous Graywolf short-story annuals, has compiled a skillful but bleak collection, keenly evocative of the desperation and devastation wrought by machismo, and which, except for the odd bright ray, is suffused with death, violence and emotional trauma. From William Kittredge's incestuous Lone Ranger in "Phantom Silver" to the war-hardened Army grunt in Tim O'Brien's "The Things They Carried," the male protagonists of these mostly previously published stories are a lonely, disaffected lot. Tobias Wolff's "The Other Miller" is an emotionally stunted G.I. who punishes his mother when she "crosses" him by remarrying. The narrator of "How I Found My Brother" by Charles Baxter is a violent alcoholic whose marriage has recently splintered. The marriages in "Menudo" by Raymond Carver, "Clearance" by David Long and "Dogsong" by Frederick Busch are on the rocks as well. In the last, repellent descriptions of starving, mistreated dogs are interspersed with the adulterous protagonist's reflections on his suicide attempt. "Great Falls" by Richard Ford begins: "This is not a happy story. I warn you." What follows is a detailed rendition of the dissolution of the narrator's parents' marriage, and his father's outrageous behavior. A lone gentle note is struck by "Chopin in Winter" by Stuart Dybek, a poignant recollection of apartment life among Eastern Europeans in WW II-era Chicago.
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