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Where You Lived: Stories [Kindle Edition]

Tod Goldberg
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Book Description

In three provocative new stories, Tod Goldberg, the award-winning author of Living Dead Girl , Simplify and Other Resort Cities, as well as the popular Burn Notice series, examines the twisted lives of people trying to find their place in the world: a golf pro who has lost his swing and just might lose everything else; a disturbed young man who returns to his childhood home in search of what was left behind; a man haunted by the ghost of his brother and by the mistakes he's made. These are stories that bite with what the Los Angeles Times called "Goldberg's richly comic voice and his continued preoccupation with our potential for violence and self-deception."

Bonus Content: The Story Behind The Stories...an inside look into the crafting of Where You Lived.

Praise for the books of Tod Goldberg:

"Tod Goldberg is a gifted writer, a surveyor of the soul and Other Resort Cities is powerful fiction. He catches his characters at moments of great stress, then reveals their depths to us with compelling insight and great empathy. He sure as hell knows the details that convince. These are inventive and fresh stories that might have been merely clever in lesser hands, but Goldberg’s talent and compassion extends dignity even to the most fucked-up and misbegotten lives." Daniel Woodrell, author of The Death of Sweet Mister and Winter's Bone.

"A keen voice, profound insight...Tod Goldberg's fine ear for dialogue and for the spoken nuances of social microstrata enable him to dispense with reams of descriptive background and cut straight to the heart of the matter. If sometimes his overwhelmed characters fail to fully engage emotionally, their deadpan delivery of jolting ironies reaches to laugh-out-loud heights of insight. Even the collection's title has a sardonic ring. While hardly simple, "Simplify" is devilishly entertaining." Los Angeles Times

"[Living Dead Girl is] an evocative read full of seductive prose, sharply focused characters, and a microcosmic world fraught with human sadness." Library Journal

"Tod Goldberg is an amazing true original who plunges deep into the scary heart of our American life. Hilarious and unnerving, charming and creepy, dusted with a strange, ineffable melancholy, these stories made the hair on my head stand up and my eyes fall out." Dan Chaon, author of Among The Missing and You Remind Me of Me

"Tod Goldberg's stories are not like faceted jewels. They are like glinting barbed wire, actually, roped across the field where you are reading, racing, wondering what's next, and then pierced with longing, regret, or revelation. His new collection kept me reading like that - racing to find out what would happen next to these people only Tod Goldberg could create." Susan Straight, author of Highwire Moon and A Million Nightingales

"Goldberg continues his examination of the human condition, detailing the struggle between a corporeal existence versus an ethereal wane, with each character asking the questions: is this really my reality or have I simply dreamed the whole damn thing?" NewPages

"Goldberg's prose is deceptively smooth, like a vanilla milkshake spiked with grain alcohol, and his ideas are always made more complex and engaging by the offbeat angles his stories take." Chicago Tribune

"These are eerie, obliquely compassionate, darkly humorous, and ensnaring stories of misery and catharsis." Booklist


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About the Author

Tod Goldberg is the author of the novels Living Dead Girl, a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, Fake Liar Cheat and the popular Burn Notice series, as well as the short story collection Simplify, winner of the Other Voices Short Story Collection Prize, and Other Resort Cities.

Product Details

  • File Size: 135 KB
  • Print Length: 52 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Tod Goldberg; 1 edition (September 27, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005QCYT4K
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #617,286 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tod is a compelling author. July 21, 2012
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I just got an iPad and this was my first download. Short stories but they keep you interested. I enjoy Tod's writing style and, although I am not a critic, I feel he is improving with time. These are examples of what Tod will have to offer in future stories. Nice cover by his sister.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Freaking Awesome January 27, 2012
By Lisa
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These are stories that stay with you. Not your story but familiar nonetheless. You may see yourself or not, but you WILL see people you know or knew. The author has a way of painting very real and raw people with their layers of sadness and regret. And yet he still manages to infuse his prose with humor and sarcasm. Love it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A powerful three-piece collection May 9, 2013
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Each story takes you by force. The prose is so crisp that there were pages where I highlighted half the sentences. Realistic characters that make you feel for them in a very human fashion.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Memorable Moments Reviewed December 7, 2014
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Tod Goldberg has skillfully written these three mind-blowing short stories which incite introspection, and draw upon submerged memories. He writes about places he has lived, descending deeply into his psychic to dredge up old emotions, sounds and tactile impressions of long forgotten, but deeply moving sensations. Sensations so deeply felt they must be hidden in a locked closet. Why do we do the things we do?

Tod carefully examines the stories and motives of convoluted lives. A golf pro, King of the Fairway, who cannot hit a straight ball, and cannot climb out of the sand trap of his own creation. Another, haunted by the ghost of his brother. Still another man, who is compelled to revisit the pain of his childhood home. How did these places affect their lives? Or, is memory simply a trickster lurking, designed to lead all down wayward paths? These are forceful interludes. The realistic characters linger to remind us of our own hidden mistakes, and agendas.

Tod Goldberg's rich voice is well known through the ever popular "Burn Notice" T.V. series. His darkly comic voice compels, and taunts, those prone to self-deception, and yes, self-destruction. This is a quick read. One you won't want to put down until the final pages is turned. The effects will linger. It is well worth your attention.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Boring June 18, 2013
By Kristi
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The stories were aimless and didn't go anywhere. I didn't see the point of any of the short stories. A disappointing read.
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Tod Goldberg is the author of several books of fiction, including the novels Living Dead Girl, a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, Fake Liar Cheat and the popular Burn Notice series, as well as two collections of short stories, Simplify and Other Resort Cities. His essays, nonfiction, and journalism have appeared widely, including, most recently, in Best American Essays 2013. His latest novel, Gangsterland, will be released in fall 2014 from Counterpoint. Tod Goldberg holds an MFA in Creative Writing and Literature from Bennington College and lives in Indio, CA where he directs the Low Residency MFA program in Creative Writing & Writing for the Performing Arts at the University of California, Riverside.

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