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Four Decades: New and Selected Stories (Paperback)
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Four Decades: New and Selected Stories (Paperback)

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Paperback 208 Pages / Published: 31/05/1997
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Beginning with his first published story, "When Times Sit In, " vivid, authentic characters enliven this collection. "Getting Serious" follows the life of a man who spends his summers in upstate Wisconsin, goes off to war and college, and then gets married. After losing his job and family, he retreats to his summer home to take inventory: "My wife and I never talked about our failing marriage, because it was too serious and depressing a topic and because, I suppose, we thought our failure would heal itself if we left it undisturbed long enough." Selected as a Best American Short Story in 1980, "Hog's Heart" is the poignant tale of a celebrated college football coach who, without medical evidence, is convinced he is dying. Keenly aware of his fragile state, Hog sees each day as possibly his last. Ironically, when Hog feels his team has the momentum to finally upset the legendary Crimson Tide of Alabama, death presents itself. The title character, Pease, in "The Good Man of Stillwater, Oklahoma, " believes something is coming but that he is the only one in town who can feel it. The long rains, the toad on his doorstep, swarms of locusts, drought, and nits are all signs that "It" is happening. "I cannot sleep because it is happening, and I begin to think I understand why. This should make me very afraid, but I tell myself I am a good man, no harm will come to me." His obsession ultimately costs him his job and his family. Three previously uncollected stories continue Weaver's theme of loss: of a friend to mental illness, of a successful life, of a student in a traffic accident.

Publisher: University of Missouri Press
ISBN: 9780826211132
Number of pages: 208
Weight: 363 g
Dimensions: 235 x 155 x 14 mm


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"Everybody who knows and cares about the American short story has known and admired the work of Gordon Weaver for a long time. He has long since proved himself to be a master of clarity, compassion, and high energy. His situations are gripping; his characters matter and are memorable; his architecture is impeccable."--George Garrett


"I have long been in awe of Gordon Weaver's stories, and with this collection we have at hand the best of a contemporary literary master. These stories cut true to the bone, each one carrying with it the weight and scope few contemporary novels can bear."--Bret Lott


"Everybody who knows and cares about the American short story has known and admired the work of Gordon Weaver for a long time. He has long since proved himself to be a master of clarity, compassion, and high energy. His situations are gripping; his characters matter and are memorable; his architecture is impeccable."--George Garrett


"I have long been in awe of Gordon Weaver's stories, and with this collection we have at hand the best of a contemporary literary master. These stories cut true to the bone, each one carrying with it the weight and scope few contemporary novels can bear."--Bret Lott

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