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  • Tobias Wolff

    The author of the genre-defining memoir This Boy’s Life, the PEN/Faulkner Award–winning novella The Barracks Thief, and short stories acclaimed as modern classics, Tobias Wolff now gives us his first novel. Determined to fit in at his New England prep school, the narrator has learned to mimic the bearing and manners of his adoptive tribe while concealing as much as possible about himself. His final year, however, unravels everything he’s achieved, and steers his destiny in directions no one could have predicted. The school’s mystique is rooted in Literature, and for many boys this becomes an obsession, editing the review and competing for the attention of visiting...read more

  • Tobias Wolff

    First published in 1989, this memoir has become a classic in the genre. With this book, Wolff essentially launched the memoir craze that has been going strong ever since. It was made into a movie in 1993.Fiction writer Tobias Wolff electrified critics with his scarifying 1989 memoir, which many deemed as notable for its artful structure and finely wrought prose as for the events it describes. The story is pretty grim: Teenaged Wolff moves with his divorced mother from Florida to Utah to Washington State to escape her violent boyfriend. When she remarries, Wolff finds himself in a bitter battle of wills with his abusive stepfather, a contest in which the two prove to be more evenly matched...read more

  • Tobias Wolff

    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...read more

  • Patricia Highsmith

    A must-have for the fans of the #1 bestselling author of Me Talk Pretty One Day, David Sedaris, a collection of his favorite short fiction from Flannery O'Connor to Tobias Wolff. David Sedaris is an exceptional reader. Alone in his apartment, he reads stories aloud to the point he has them memorized. Sometimes he fantasizes that he wrote them. Sometimes, when they’re his very favorite stories, he’ll fantasize about reading them in front of an audience and taking credit for them. The audience in these fantasies always loves him and gives him the respect he deserves. David Sedaris didn’t write the stories in Children Playing Before a Statue of Hercules . But he did...read more

  • Tobias Wolff

    A classic tale of brotherly love and rivalry from shortstory master Tobias Wolff Pete has always been successful. Happily married with two daughters, he lives acomfortable life in Santa Cruz. Pete is a practical, hardworking man and heenjoys life's monetary pleasures. His younger brother, Donald, is a gaunt, troubled man.Unmarried and without children, Donald earns what little money he has by occasionallypainting houses. He's a religious man, unlike Pete, and has spent several yearsas a member of various Christian groups. When Pete receives a call from Donald, telling him thatthat his most recent religious commune has failed, Pete decides to pick him up-a trip that will test the limits...read more

  • Tobias Wolff

    One of Tobias Wolff's classic tales, "The Liar" is the story of a deceitful teenage boy and his religious,resolute mother. James is a liar. He enjoys inventing fantastic stories abouthis family, particularly his mother. Margaret is orderly, stubborn, andjudgmental-a woman who throws rocks at hungry bears and never misses four o'clockMass. She loves her children but has always struggled with James. Like his deceased father, he's fascinated by the darker aspects of life-car crashes, illness, andcrime. Dr. Murphy, the family physician who dabbles in psychiatry, believesthat James' lying is harmless. His mother, however, thinks otherwise. Written with candor and humor, "The Liar" is a...read more

  • Tobias Wolff

    An unnerving tale of self-absorption and deception by short-story master Tobias Wolff Three friends are leaving the suburbs of Spokane on ahunting trip. Kenny is the prankster, harsh and mean. Frank is laid-back andfull of idealism. Tub is overweight, sensitive, and the brunt of everyone's jokes. Searchingfor tracks in the snow, the trio has little luck until they spot a set of deerprints heading into a nearby farm. Kenny, desperate for a token of theirdifficult journey, insists that they ask the farmer's permission to hunt on hisland. But as they set out in the fading sunlight, things go terribly wrong andwhat appears to be an accident becomes more and more questionable as strangeevents...read more

  • Tobias Wolff

    An introspective story of neighbors, movies, and marriagefrom short-story master Tobias Wolff Lying stiffly in their separate beds, a husband and his wifeare woken in the middle of the night to the sound of their fighting neighbors. Thereare three of them-a man, a woman, and a young child. With their blastingstereos, violent interludes, and steamy make-up sessions, the wife has hadenough. The husband, however, is preoccupied with other thoughts-sex, movies,and humanity's capacity to adapt and change. Understated yet poignant, "Next Door" is a reflection on thespectrum of human companionship, from mundane restraint to explosive...read more

  • Tobias Wolff

    Tobias Wolff's masterful short story about one woman's quietrevenge on the pomposity and arrogance of academia Meticulous, funny, eccentric-Mary has always been mindful ofthe complex role she plays as a professor of history. Her lectures arecarefully written out beforehand; her departmental loyalties ambiguous. She isso careful, in fact, that she began to see herself as flat, dull, and lifeless. The closing of Brandon College, the institution she'd spentmore than fifteen years at, changes everything. Forced to find anotherposition, Mary finds herself at an experimental college in rainy Oregon. Sicklyand unhappy, Mary feels as if she's dying-until a letter from an old colleague...read more

  • Tobias Wolff

    The story of a book critic and his final thoughts from short-story master Tobias Wolff Anders is an angry, cynical man. A book critic known for hisscathing reviews, he finds any excuse to dismiss, belittle, or insult. Thisafternoon is no more agitating than the next. Angers finds himself in a longline at the bank, waiting to reach a teller. Even after two men-wearing masksand carrying guns-take control of the building, Anders is unfazed. It's thisbehavior that lands him with a pistol against his stomach and a man screamingin his face. And when the bank robber, indignant over Anders' behavior, shootsthe book critic in the head, his mind floats through the memories of his life,settling on...read more

  • Tobias Wolff

    In this short story by the masterful Tobias Wolff, a teenageboy learns the joys-and struggles-of adult life. Eager for independence and adult-like freedom, a teenage boytakes a summer job baling hay on a rural farm. Savoring the farm wife'sattention and the extra change in his pocket, the boy feels like a grown man.The fellow hands give him a sense of camaraderie-Clemson, a fastidious boy whoattends the same high school; Eduardo, a talkative Mexican seasonal worker; andMiguel, a quiet man and Eduardo's brother. One night, after working the fields from dawn until dusk,Clemson and the boy drop the two brothers off at the decrepit hotel they liveat during the summers. Eduardo invites the...read more

  • Tobias Wolff

    Tobias Wolff's first two books proved how the short story can 'provoke our amazed appreciation' (New York Times Book Review). Now after writing numerous other works, he returns to the short story 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 ten stories, he once again proves himself, according to the Los Angeles Times, 'a...read more

  • Tobias Wolff

    Two drugged-out couples contemplate life and morality in "Leviathan," a classic short story by the masterful Tobias Wolff. For Helen's thirtieth birthday party, her husband decides tothrow her a small party. Armed with booze and three grams of cocaine, the fourpartyers-Helen, her husband, and another couple-spend the night and the nextmorning in a drug-induced stupor. As their talk turns to past misdeeds andshameful acts, the couples begin to wonder if it's not the bad decisions inlife bring happiness and...read more

  • Tobias Wolff

    A mother and her son dream of a life beyond their means inthis classic short story by Tobias Wolff. "Firelight" tellsthe story of a mother and her son who are spending the afternoon viewingapartments on a chilly day in Seattle, Washington. The two have no intention ofrenting one-they can only afford to live in a meager boarding house.Nevertheless, they spend every Saturday wandering through apartments anddepartment stores, dreaming of a different life. On this particular afternoon, their last stop is a beautifulVictorian home-far beyond anything they could ever afford. And for the firsttime, wishful thoughts blur with harsh reality as the son becomes entranced bythe apartment and the life...read more

  • Tobias Wolff

    While on a crowded bus near the Vatican, a man named Mallon-visiting Italy on business-feels someone reaching into his pockets, searching for his wallet. He elbows the pickpocket, seriously injuring the man. Driven by his guilty conscience, Mallon finds himself peering in on the life of an unfamiliar culture and learning more about the world than he ever could have...read more

  • Tobias Wolff

    A powerful tale of life after war by short-story masterTobias Wolff Hooper, a Vietnam veteran, finds himself at an army base inWashington State. His days are uneventful, filled with mundane duties, emptyconversations, and the occasional jaunt with a married woman. A phone call in the middle of the night breaks Hooper's predictableroutine. One of the guards at the communications center is threatening to killhimself-and says he'll shoot the other guard if he interferes. Hooper goes totalk to the distressed soldier, a cook nicknamed "Porkchop" who's disappointedby his life as an army man. As their talk reveals the struggle to readjust tolife after combat, the situation turns deadly, and the...read more

  • Tobias Wolff

    When Gold's daughter is viciously attacked by a neighbor'sdog and barely escapes with her life, Gold's world is torn open. Haunted by theincident and unable to convince local authorities to take action, he agrees toa friend's offer of retaliation. When he feels compelled to return the favor,one bad turn leads to another-and this time, Gold finds the repercussions muchworse than he ever could have...read more

  • Tobias Wolff

    Gilbert saw Mary Ann first, but the secondtime he sees her she is dancing with his best friend, Rafe. The three of thembegin hanging out all the time, driving around in the car Rafe got as a presentfor getting into Yale. But when Rafe goes out of town, Gilbert and Mary Ann keepthe tradition going, seeing movies and going on drives ... in Rafe's car no less.Gilbert thinks he and Mary Ann are perfect together, even the way they fit nextto one another when they dance, but falling in love with your best friend'sgirlfriend is a sure way to break someone's...read more

  • Tobias Wolff

    Miller is unlucky. That's why he's in afoxhole with the rest of Bravo Company. That's why his dad is gone and hismother remarried. That's why his teeth are falling out. Then, when the firstsergeant tells Miller his mother has passed away, Miller thinks he's finallygotten lucky. Surely it's another Miller's mother, and now he can get away fromthe battalion for a couple days thanks to the Army's error. But Miller knows thefuture rarely has happiness in...read more

  • Tobias Wolff

    April's father, a psychology professor, hashad a breakdown and has landed in the Alta Vista State Hospital. Her stepmother,Claire, is just waiting for him to get out so she can leave on a trip to Italy-a trip April is worried Claire won't come back from. She needs Claire, at leastuntil she finishes high school. She needs her not just as a companion but asa worldly woman who can tell April about men and their desires ... men fardifferent from her boyfriend,...read more