Books by Richard Bausch

LIVING IN THE WEATHER OF THE WORLD by Richard Bausch
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 7, 2017

"The weather in Bausch's world is never better than overcast, but his craftsmanship lights up something fine in the gloom."
Interesting people in various painful predicaments find ways to muddle through. Read full book review >
BEFORE, DURING, AFTER by Richard Bausch
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 12, 2014

"Disappointing; the 9/11 material is a distraction from Bausch's core story: the plight of the rape victim."
The horror of 9/11 intersects with the horror of rape in this latest from Bausch (Something Is Out There, 2010, etc.). Read full book review >
SOMETHING IS OUT THERE by Richard Bausch
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 10, 2010

"Plenty here for Bausch fans to admire, but no startling breakthrough to attract a wider readership."
In his latest collection, Bausch (Peace, 2008, etc.) occasionally allows his stylistic command to be undermined by symbolic heavy-handedness. Read full book review >
PEACE by Richard Bausch
Released: April 16, 2008

"Bausch admirably turns a familiar story into something genuinely new."
The experiences of battle fatigue and constant exposure to mortal danger are depicted with raw immediacy and terse power in this short novel from veteran Bausch (Thanksgiving Night, 2006, etc.). Read full book review >
BEST NEW AMERICAN VOICES 2008 by Richard Bausch
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2007

"A mixed bag, but the choicest morsels are well worth digging for."
A lively range of "startlingly original voices, and vivid, sophisticated sensibilities" is displayed in the latest installment of this always welcome annual. Read full book review >
THANKSGIVING NIGHT by Richard Bausch
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

"Bausch's engagingly deranged characters hold our attention, and somehow muddle through, in one of his more interesting and readable longer fictions."
The interactions of several incomplete and varyingly dysfunctional Virginia families produce both sparks of contention and seeds of potential growth and change in Bausch's amiable tenth novel (Wives & Lovers, 2004, etc.). Read full book review >
WIVES & LOVERS by Richard Bausch
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 8, 2004

"A bleak vision, tempered by sensitive affection for human beings in all their frailty."
Short-story master Bausch (Someone to Watch Over Me, 1999, etc.) probes the tensions that seethe in families and marriages in three novellas, one previously unpublished. Read full book review >
THE STORIES OF RICHARD BAUSCH by Richard Bausch
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2003

"This is the book for which Bausch will be remembered."
A fine, fat collection of 42 tales, drawn mostly from the critically acclaimed author's several earlier volumes. Read full book review >
HELLO TO THE CANNIBALS by Richard Bausch
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 6, 2002

"Still, Bausch's expansive, and somewhat exhausting, ninth novel (after In the Night Season, 1998) is a bold attempt at something different, and, as such, his most interesting thus far."
The conflicted love life and intellectual life of a woman coming to maturity in the '90s is juxtaposed with her imagined account of the experiences of 19th-century British explorer—and author of Travels in West Africa—Mary Kingsley. Read full book review >
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2001

"A strong collection from a gathering of accomplished writers who have more than their style to show."
A pricey pleasure for readers of southern fiction: 19 stories from the Fellowship of Southern Writers showcasing a variety of talents and styles that rarely fail to engage the reader's appetite for rich tales well-told. Read full book review >
SOMEONE TO WATCH OVER ME by Richard Bausch
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 2, 1999

"Short fiction is widely regarded as Bausch's strongest genre, and this engaging collection can only fortify that impression."
In his fifth story collection, Bausch (In The Night Season, 1998, etc.) delightfully proves himself the chronicler of faults—not wrongs, but the shy, ambiguous, and sometimes disastrous ways we don'y quite get each other. Read full book review >
IN THE NIGHT SEASON by Richard Bausch
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 1998

"Writing the screenplay should be a breeze."
Bausch's eighth (Good Evening Mr. & Mrs. America and all the Ships at Sea, 1996, etc.) is a standard-issue thriller probably modeled on the grisly "entertainments" of David Martin. Read full book review >
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"It's nice to see Bausch extending his range in a novel that compares favorably with the best work he has done. ($30,000 ad/promo; author tour)"
An engrossing, bittersweet comedy—the seventh novel from the author of Rebel Powers (1993), among others—about sexual confusion, Catholic guilt, and Washington in the wake of the JFK administration. Read full book review >
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 15, 1994

"Pauses and crossed signals that echo loudly."
Although Bausch (Rebel Powers, 1993, etc.) occasionally rests on his laurels here, this collection (some stories appeared previously in Harper's and other magazines) supports his reputation as a masterful short-fiction writer who fearlessly addresses love and its many permutations. Read full book review >
REBEL POWERS by Richard Bausch
Released: April 22, 1993

"Bausch's mÇtier, increasingly, seems to be not the long novel but the short story, where he can shape and prune to incisive effect."
Like most of Bausch's work (Violence, 1992, etc.), his sixth novel—about a family's fate when its Air Force father is imprisoned for two years—has its pleasures, but the material is stretched far too thin, and, though moving at times, the whole thing is far too shapeless. Read full book review >
VIOLENCE by Richard Bausch
Released: Jan. 1, 1992

"A disappointment."
Accompanied by his newly pregnant wife, Charles Connolly, an older college student on a visit to Chicago to see his mother, leaves his motel room one night late and walks into a convenience store. Read full book review >
MR. FIELD'S DAUGHTER by Richard Bausch
Released: May 5, 1989

James Field as a single parent raised his daughter Annie, and it all but devastates him to see her grow up and run away to marry a degenerate coke-head like Cole Gilbertson. Read full book review >