Our Story Begins

Our Story Begins : New and Selected Stories

By (author) Tobias Wolff


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Our Story Begins gathers 21 classics and 10 new stories from the author who The New York Times hails as unfailingly authentic . . . his embrace of the variety of American experience is knowing, forgiving and all-encompassing.

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  • Paperback | 400 pages
  • 132.08 x 203.2 x 25.4mm | 272.15g
  • 07 Apr 2009
  • Random House USA Inc
  • Random House Inc
  • New York
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 1400095972
  • 9781400095971
  • 259,772

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Author Information

Tobias Wolff lives in Northern California and teaches at Stanford University. He has received the Rea Award for excellence in the short story, the "Los Angeles Times" Book Prize, and the PEN/Faulkner Award.

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"Unforgettable.... Wolff's voice is unfailingly authentic, while his embrace of the variety of American experience is knowing, forgiving and all-encompassing." --"The New York Times Book Review""A volume that belongs on everybody's shelf. . . . Wolff conjures stories that etch your memory--which is to say, they become a part of you." --"Los Angeles Times Book Review""It's impossible to read Tobias Wolff and not come away transformed. . . . [He] fully exposes the good, bad, and ugly about what it means to be alive in this day and age."--"The Philadelphia Inquirer""Tender, dazzling, heart-stopping fiction from a master of deep truths and unexpected turns. . . . Intensely pleasurable." --"O, The Oprah Magazine" "The complexity of emotion [he] evokes within the space of a few pages, from hilarity to heartbreak, is often nothing short of astonishing." --"Rocky Mountain News""Sublime art. . . . Wolff's alchemy in these stories is oddly and deeply transformative. They inevitably rise above their ostensible subject into some universal terrain [with] intelligence, compassion and a radical openness to life's unfathomable surprises." --"San Francisco Chronicle""Cause for celebration. . . . There's no one else practicing the form with as much warm devotion or cool mastery." --"The Washington Post""Wolff is a superb storyteller who makes almost anything he touches ring true." --"Newsweek ""For thirty years Wolff has been publishing stories that feel yanked from the jagged mouth of real experience and turned into art...The entire moral crux of life pivots on an instant...These stories remind a reader how powerful and important good stories are, especially ones that look unblinkingly into our wicked, yearning hearts." --John Freeman, "Sunday Star-Ledger""Adept short stories-whole worlds evoked in just a few pages-[with] the heft and density, the unexpected beauty, of Alice Munro, of Chekhov." --Lisa Jennifer Selzman, "Houston Chronicle ""Wolff reminds us again and again why we sti

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