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Back in the World: Stories Paperback – October 1, 1996
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"The Rich Brother": Two brothers, one rich and arrogant, the other a poor drifter, both blame each other for their problems when in fact both are blind to their own pride and their own neediness which makes them need to rival against the other as a distraction from their empty lives.
"Desert Breakdown, 1968": A spoiled brat, now married to a beautiful pregnant woman, has fantasies of leaving his wife to be a single hedonist. He also loathes his parents who have spoiled and enabled him all his life. His delusions catch up with him in a way that I'll leave for the reader to discover in this excellent story.
"The Missing Person": A spiritual cousin to the drifting brother in "The Rich Brother," Leo is a waif afraid of women who sublimates his fears by joining the priesthood where, in an ironic twist, he meets a Trickster and becomes a corrupt hustler upon which, through too many twists of events to chronicle here, he finds his real self.
"Say Yes": A naive young house wife realizes that her husband is a racist and that racism can't be compartmentalized. His racist views contaminate all other aspects of his personality and he must therefore re-invent himself or suffer his wife's contempt and perhaps worse.
These stories are mostly gems, wrought with irony, tales of folly, people's misguided attempts at redemption, predatory tricksters wreaking havoc on the lives of others. His best stories are more richly packed with themes and ideas than most novels.
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An expert at making the reader feel what is written. In a very select group that includes writers like Ron Carlson.Published on March 11, 2013 by Tim Fiechter
I have read and enjoyed a few of Wolff's biographical novels and thought I would try his short stories. I probably should have started with something more recent. Read morePublished on September 10, 2012 by VEBA Las Vegas
I see Wolff, and Richard Ford as well, as an extension of the Carver School of Writing. While Wolff seems to deal primarily in an extended minimalism, we also see similar... Read morePublished on August 11, 2006 by Damon Garr
Are you reading Tobias Wolff yet? Are you? If not, you should be.
With Back in the World, Wolff gives us yet another outstanding compilation of short stories. Read more