Problems With People

Problems With People

Stories

eBook - 2014
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The best-selling author of Snow Falling on Cedars returns to his Pacific Northwest settings-and moves beyond them-in ten sharply observed, funny, and wise new stories that explore the mysteries of love, and unravel our complex desires to connect with others. Ranging from teenage to middle-age, the voices that inhabit Problems with People offer humorous or searing but always tightly focused accounts of the universal quest to understand one another-individually, and as part of our political and historical moment. Their stories are sometimes shot through with tragedy-the long-ago loss of a young boyfriend, a son's death at sea-while in others, the mere circumstances of our cultures and selves-whether it is being Jewish; overweight and single; a tourist in a history-haunted land; or on the brink of a diminished old age-prompt questions about our sense of reality and belonging. Spanning diverse geographies-across America and in distant countries including Nepal, South Africa, and Germany-these stories showcase Guterson's signature gifts for characterization, psychological nuance, emotional suspense, and evocation of the natural world. They celebrate the small, unexpectedly brightening surprises that lurk within the dramas of our daily lives.
Publisher: New York : Knopf, 2014
ISBN: 9780385351492
0385351496
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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molly
Feb 16, 2015

I love Guterson's writing. Knew I would like these stories. Some remind me of Anita Brookner.

reissja Aug 26, 2014

Three of Guterson's stories in this collection are as good as any of the best short fiction being published by brilliant younger writers like Ben Marcus and Elizabeth McCracken, let alone Guterson's near contemporaries, Lorrie Moore and George Saunders. The first story, "Paradise," in Guterson's new book is initially terrific, but it then goes on to suffer from its excessively long parable within the main story. The second piece here, "Tenant," is terrific throughout, even if its premise is a bit Raymond Carverish. Its final section, however, goes way beyond Carver in its depiction of the narrator. The last paragraph functions as a technical and, more important, as an emotional breakthrough. I read Guterson for his sheer emotional chutzpah. I'll stake my rave review of this book on "Tenant" and two other stories. It may take you some searching to find them, but once you've read them I hope you'll see how stellar they are.

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