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The Man Back There and Other Stories (Mary Mccarthy Prize in Short Fiction) Paperback – August 1, 2008
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Crouse's real strength is giving a weight (almost addition by subtraction) to seemingly flat characters. These people exist in the world, they are impacted by it, as it is by them, evidenced by the quiet wake receding behind them. Further, he is able to tell and not show by giving his characters the ability to say things an omniscient narrator would have said in another work.
As much as this work keeps to itself, a quiet consideration of life in this age, it manages to remind us that in a small way, we are these people. And as such, it asks us how we would respond in these situations.
David Crouse's collection The Man Back There contains tales linked by male main characters who deal with an emptiness and loss so profound and undefinable, as a reader, I subconsciously shared their need to flail and stumble toward the "anywhere but here." Each story fed the pervasive sense that one's soul can be stripped away if one fails to pay attention, to love, to connect fully with others. The final story tells of a man so disillusioned that his longing for who he once was, or should have been, has turned him somehow to vapor. He can no longer see the reflection of his own decency in the mirror.
The Man Back There is haunting work, recommended to anyone deeply fascinated by the paradoxes of human nature.
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These stories are sometimes dark, sometimes disturbing, sometimes funny, sometimes painful, and every single one of them will suck you in from the very first line. Read morePublished on August 5, 2010 by Ashley Cowger
I love this short story collection. Even more (I think) than Crouse's first collection [...] Why? David Crouse gets people. Read morePublished on September 15, 2009 by Kristin Bair O'Keeffe
I couldnt put it down. The short stories kept me entertained and engaged for the entire length of the book! The writing is intelligent and thoguth-provoking.Published on March 1, 2009 by Chelsea L. Johnson
This is another great story collection from David Crouse, focusing on men in trouble who make bad decisions. Read morePublished on January 12, 2009 by Frank Muse