Search Results: "Frederick Busch"


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LONG WAY FROM HOME by Frederick Busch
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 17, 1993

"At his best, Busch seems to press for new ways to register characters, their language, and their relationships—but his best shines out only fitfully in this murkily conceived fable."
Responding to a magazine ad that may have been placed by her biological mother, Sarah Barrett abandons her Bucks County family and runs slowly to disaster—in this sedate, ruminative thriller from Busch (Closing Arguments, 1991, etc.). Read full book review >

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ABSENT FRIENDS by Frederick Busch
Released: April 8, 1989

From the prolific Busch (Domestic Particulars, Invisible Mending, Too Late American Boyhood Blues, etc.), 14 sometimes touching but as often overreached stories. Read full book review >

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A MEMORY OF WAR by Frederick Busch
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2003

"Busch at his best: nobody does it better."
A legacy of suffering, betrayal, and guilt inexorably pursues, and shapes, the protagonist of Busch's powerfully developed 19th novel (The Night Inspector, 1999, etc.). Read full book review >

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THE NIGHT INSPECTOR by Frederick Busch
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 12, 1999

"Another stunning dramatization of Busch's commanding theme: that the world is a battlefield of chaos and dangers from which the innocent must—and may never—be protected."
The prolific Busch returns to the genre of historical reconstruction he attempted so successfully in The Mutual Friend (1978), which reimagined the Victorian world of Dickens. Read full book review >

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RESCUE MISSIONS by Frederick Busch
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

"These stories reaffirm Busch's familiar vision of good deeds counting for little in a dangerous world."
The missions of the title give a thematic unity to this dark collection of 15 stories from Busch (North, 2005, etc.), who died last February. Read full book review >

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NORTH by Frederick Busch
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 1, 2005

"This writer's failures are indeed more interesting than many of his contemporaries' successes. Still, North is a disappointment."
The search for a missing youth jump-starts Busch's brooding latest, a loose sequel to his 1997 stunner, Girls. Read full book review >

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GIRLS by Frederick Busch
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 1, 1997

"An impressive demonstration of Busch's continuing mastery of realistic narrative."
A complex and disturbing vision of the world as a place filled with danger powers this fascinating novel, another blistering drama of family relations from one of our most productive and passionately serious writers. Read full book review >

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Released: Nov. 1, 1998

"Writing and reading are reunited by an author who, in these essays, shows himself to be a sharp reader, too."
A prolific author's animated ruminations on the risks and rewards of writing. Read full book review >

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THE CHILDREN IN THE WOODS by Frederick Busch
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 1994

"This fondness for their foibles deteriorates, out of habit, into teddy-bear fables about pain."
Unlike novelists who use the short-story as a sketchpad for longer works, or as a completely different formal challenge, Busch tends to freeze-dry his novels into stories' smaller spaces, keeping the same domestic point of view and eschewing too-sharp drama. Read full book review >

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CLOSING ARGUMENTS by Frederick Busch
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 23, 1991

"A constricted tale of self-destructive love that's also one of the most original trial novels in years."
``The best defense is a good story,'' Vietnam vet/lawyer hero Mark Brennan obsessively tells himself. Read full book review >

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THE SELECTED STORIES OF FREDERICK BUSCH by Frederick Busch
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 2, 2013

"Well-chosen and broadly representative: an ideal introduction to Busch for those new to him and a welcome anthology for those who already know his work."
Sterling collection of short fiction by a late master (1941-2006) of the short story form. Read full book review >

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LETTERS TO A FICTION WRITER by Frederick Busch
Released: June 1, 1999

"Busch's collection embodies good writing."
Prominent writers of fiction dispense copious, often conflicting, and largely entertaining advice to beginners and sundry others who feel called to publish short stories and novels. Read full book review >