There's Something I Want You to Do

There's Something I Want You to Do

Stories

eBook - 2014
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From a contemporary master of the short story: a dazzling new collection'his first in fifteen years' that explores the unpredictable and mysterious in seemingly ordinary experience. These interrelated stories are arranged in two sections, one devoted to virtues ("Bravery," "Loyalty," "Chastity," "Charity," and "Forbearance") and the other to vices ("Lust," "Sloth," "Avarice," "Gluttony," and "Vanity"). They are cast with characters who appear and reappear throughout the collection, their actions equally divided between the praiseworthy and the loathsome. They take place in settings as various as Tuscany, San Francisco, Ethiopia, and New York, but their central stage is the North Loop of Minneapolis, alongside the Mississippi River, which flows through most of the tales. Each story has at its center a request or a demand, but each one plays out differently: in a hit-and-run, an assault or murder, a rescue, a startling love affair, or, of all things, a gesture of kindness and charity. Altogether incomparably crafted, consistently surprising, remarkably beautiful stories.
Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, 2014
ISBN: 9781101870020
1101870028
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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EmilyEm
Jan 05, 2016

Baxter writes a series of interrelated short stories set in Minneapolis along the Mississippi at St. Anthony Falls.
Wonderful characters, great sense of place. This was a book highly recommended by reviewers in 2015. No wonder.

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Mar 25, 2015

Chronical Split into two parts-five stories virtues, five for vices-this is the finest American story collection in years.

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