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March 2018 Fiction: Literary

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VINTAGE CONTEMPORARIES
Living in the Weather of the World
Stories
By (author): Richard Bausch
9780525431855 Paperback, Trade English General Trade FICTION / Literary Mar 20, 2018
$23.00 CAD
Active 5.2 x 8 x 0.7 in 258 pages Vintage
In fourteen extraordinary new tales, the PEN/Malamud Award-winning master of the short story probes the fault lines of everyday life.

By turns suspenseful, comic, subtle, and profound, the stories in Living in the Weather of the World offer a vision of our continual quest for forgiveness and redemption. At three in the morning a man tries not to wake his sleeping wife while fielding calls from his suicidal mistress. A resourceful and intelligent woman with a successful real estate career and two grown sons tries an online dating service on a whim and is surprised by the complicated result. After being held up at gunpoint, a police officer commiserates with his assailant about their unhappy marriages. Wherever he casts his gaze, Richard Bausch seeks to illuminate those shades of human experience that defy understanding—searching for grace, beauty, and redemption even amid sorrow and regret. In economical yet resonant prose, he demonstrates with piercing clarity how there is no such thing as ordinary life.

Publication History: Knopf hardcover, April 2017

AUTHOR: Bausch is the recipient of the PEN/Malamud Award, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Writers’ Award, and the Literature Award from the Academy of Arts and Letters. His writing has appeared in The Atlantic, The New Yorker, Playboy, The Best American Short Stories, The O. Henry Prize Stories, The Pushcart Prize Stories, and elsewhere.

BACKLIST: Bausch’s novels, Before, During, After and Peace (whose protagonist, Robert Marson, reappears in Living in the Weather of the World), along with the short story collection Something Is Out There, are available from Vintage in paperback and ebook.

PRAISE: The Houston Chronicle proclaims that “no one is better at realistic storytelling than Bausch,” calling the stories in Living in the Weather of the World “resonant and entertaining,” and The New York Times Book Review raves that the collection “puts the reader in mind of Flannery O’Connor.”

RICHARD BAUSCH is the author of twelve novels and eight volumes of short stories. He is a recipient of the PEN/Malamud Award, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Lila Wallace Reader’s Digest Award, and the Literature Award from the Academy of Arts and Letters. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Esquire, Playboy, GQ, Harper’s Magazine, and other publications and has been featured in numerous best-of collections, including The O. Henry Prize Stories, The Best American Short Stories, and New Stories from the South. He is a graduate of Iowa’s MFA program and is currently a professor of English at Chapman University in Orange, California.

Author Residence: Orange, CA

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Author Website: www.richardbausch.com

Author Social Media: Twitter: @RichardBausch; Facebook.com/RichardBauschWriter

“Every word feels perfect. The stories here aren’t just entertaining; they demonstrate just how exciting and resonant…short fiction can be.”—Houston Chronicle

“Taut and dark, saturated with moments of longing and regret…. Bausch, a short-story master, writes beautiful sentences, and though his tales center around…moments of reckoning and despair, they pulse with something glowing and true.”—The Boston Globe

“[Living in the Weather of the World] puts the reader in mind of Flannery O’Connor’s ability to open out a story into dangerous, unknown territory…. That Bausch can deliver…convincing humanity, no matter the initial angle of ascent, is a testament to his powers of technique and observation.”—The New York Times Book Review

“Surprising, diverting, and endearing…. Every one of these stories is a treasure….[Bausch] is king of the genre in America.”—The Buffalo News

“Sublime…. [A] masterly collection.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

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