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Living To Be A Hundred: Stories

Boswell, Robert

60 ratings by Goodreads
ISBN 10: 0679430636 / ISBN 13: 9780679430636
Published by Knopf, New York, 1994
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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190 pages, SIGNED BY AUTHOR on title page. Spotless and tight copy. Record # 456245. Bookseller Inventory # 456245

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Title: Living To Be A Hundred: Stories

Publisher: Knopf, New York

Publication Date: 1994

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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Exploring the complex and conflicting world of human relationships, an anthology of short stories by the author of Mystery Ride includes ""Rain,"" ""The Good Man,"" ""Glissando,"" ""The Earth's Crown,"" and other tales. 12,500 first printing. $15,000 ad/promo. Tour.

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From the author of Mystery Ride, a collection of short stories that too often read like a few good characters in search of a major insight. All have previously been published in venues such as the New Yorker, Best American Short Stories 1989, and Ploughshares. An accomplished creator of vivid characters thoroughly and lovingly realized, Boswell is less original when it comes to creating defining moments for them. In the first story, ``Rain,'' which previously appeared in the New Yorker, a young woman joins a search party for a young boy lost in the nearby woods, and, long after the boy is found, finds herself questioning her marriage, her attraction to her co-searcher Orla (a divorced neighbor) and her longing to return to the forest. Only a re-enactment of the search with Orla gives her the less than earth-shattering epiphany she has been searching for. In ``The Good Man,'' the second New Yorker story and one of the best in the book, the match between character and situation is more subtly nuanced as a recovering alcoholic moves with his wife and family to Arizona, where his wife ``misses trees, grass, rain, snow but mostly trees,'' and sometimes even the way her husband used to be when he drank. Other notable stories are ``Grief,'' in which parents struggle to accept the death of a daughter in an accident that her boyfriend, the driver of the car, survives, and after which he goes on to court and marry their remaining daughter; ``Living to be a Hundred,'' which limns the sexual and class tensions of three former college students working in a small desert town; and ``Imagining Spaniards,'' in which a high school teacher is suddenly aware of ``the presence of death...death was not a metaphor. Its coarse tongue chafed his skin.'' The least distinguished tale is ``Brilliant Mistake,'' a sexual awakening story that tries to be different but isn't. Beautifully wrought prose that tries too hard for the bells- and-whistles moment when a quieter, more subtle resolution would better serve. But a writer to watch. -- Copyright ©1994, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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