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Bullet in the Brain by Tobias Wolff

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This Boy's Life

This unforgettable memoir by one of our most gifted writers introduces us to the young Toby Wolff by turns tough and vulnerable crafty and bumbling and ultimately winning Separated by divorce from his father and brother Toby and his mother are constantly on the move yet they develop an extraordinarily close almost telepathic relationship As Toby fights for identity and self respect against the unrelenting hostility of a new stepfather his experiences are at once poignant and comical and Wolff does a masterful job of re creating the frustrations and cruelties of adolescence His various schemes running away to Alaska forging checks and stealing cars lead eventually to an act of outrageous self invention that releases him into a new world of possibility br

Old School

At one prestigious American public school the boys like to emphasise their democratic ideals the only acknowledged snobbery is literary snobbery Once a term a big name from the literary world visits and a contest takes place The boys have to submit a piece of writing and the winner receives a private audience with the visitor But then it is announced that Hemingway the boys hero is coming to the school The competition intensifies and the morals the school and the boys pride themselves on honour loyalty and friendship are crumbling under the strain Only time will tell who will win and what it will cost them

The Night in Question

A man is shot dead while standing in line at the bank another is fired for printing an obituary of a citizen as yet undeceased A young woman visits her father following his nervous breakdown and a devoted sister is profoundly unsettled by the sermon her brother insists on reciting Whether in childhood or Vietnam in memory or the eternal present these people are revealed in the extenuating sometimes extreme circumstances of everyday life and in the complex consequences of their decisions that for instance can bring together an innocent inner city youth and a little girl attacked months earlier by a dog in a wintry park Yet each story however crucial is marked by Mr Wolff s compassionate understanding and humor br br In short fiction of dazzling emotional range and absolute authority

In Pharaoh's Army: Memories of the Lost War

Whether he is evoking the blind carnage of the Tet offensive the theatrics of his fellow Americans or the unraveling of his own illusions Wolff brings to this work the same uncanny eye for detail pitiless candor and mordant wit that made This Boy s Life a modern classic

In the Garden of the North American Martyrs

Among the characters you ll find in this collection of twelve stories by Tobias Wolff are a teenage boy who tells morbid lies about his home life a timid professor who in the first genuine outburst of her life pours out her opinions in spite of a protesting audience a prudish loner who gives an obnoxious hitchhiker a ride and an elderly couple on a golden anniversary cruise who endure the offensive conviviality of the ship s social director br br Fondly yet sharply drawn Wolff s characters stumble over each other in their baffled yet resolute search for the right path

Our Story Begins: New and Selected Stories

One of our most exquisite storytellers i Esquire i gives us his first collection in over a decade ten potent new stories that along with twenty one classics display his mastery over a quarter century br br Tobias Wolff s first two books i In the Garden of the North American Martyrs i and i Back in the World i were a powerful demonstration of how the short story can provoke our amazed appreciation as i The i i New York Times Book Review i wrote then In the years since he s written a third collection i The Night in Question i as well as a pair of genre defining memoirs i This Boy s Life i and i In Pharaoh s Army i the novella i The Barracks Thief i and most recently a novel i Old School i br br Now he returns with fresh revelations about biding one s time or experiencing first love or burying one s mother that come to a variety of characters in circumstances at once everyday and extraordinary a retired Marine enrolled in college while her son trains for Iraq a lawyer taking a difficult deposition an American in Rome indulging the Gypsy who s picked his pocket In these stories as with his earlier much anthologized work he once again proves himself according to the i Los Angeles Times i a writer of the highest order part storyteller part philosopher someone deeply engaged in asking hard questions that take a lifetime to resolve

The Vintage Book of Contemporary American Short Stories

The thirty three stories in this volume prove that American short fiction maybe be our most distinctive national art form As selected and introduced by Tobias Wolff they also make up an alternate map of the United States that represents not just geography but narrative traditions cultural heritage and divergent approaches

The Barracks Thief

em The Barracks Thief em is the story of three young paratroopers waiting to be shipped out to Vietnam Brought together one sweltering afternoon to stand guard over an ammunition dump threatened by a forest fire they discover in each other an unexpected capacity for recklessness and violence Far from being alarmed by this discovery they are exhilarated by it they emerge from their common danger full of confidence in their own manhood and in the bond of friendship they have formed br br This confidence is shaken when a series of thefts occur The author embraces the perspectives of both the betrayer and the betrayed forcing us to participate in lives that we might otherwise condemn and to recognize the kinship of those lives to our own

Back in the World

To American soldiers in Vietnam back in the world meant America and safety To Tobias Wolff s characters b Back in the World b 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 br br Stories included are The Missing Person Say Yes The Poor Are Always With Us Sister Soldier s Joy Desert Breakdown Our Story Begins Leviathan and The Rich Brother br br Terrific The magic of his fiction cannot be explained It is the ancient art of the master storyteller Tim O Brien

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Bullet in the Brain, Old School, In Pharaoh's Army: Memories of the Lost War, In the Garden of the North American Martyrs, The Barracks Thief, Our Story Begins: New and Selected Stories, This Boy's Life, Back in the World, The Vintage Book of Contemporary American Short Stories, The Night in Question