The Country Ahead of Us, the Country Behind

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Bloomsbury, 1996 - English fiction - Short stories - 181 pages
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These short stories evoke the mores and dilemmas of middle-class life with a familiarity tinged with nostaligia and tempered with irony . Guterson tracks the elements of this world with a precison that evades both vagueness and clich s: the idioms of colloquial speech ripple over his often weighty themes. The New York Times Book Review

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User Review  - BookConcierge - LibraryThing

This collection of short stories explores relationships – man and wife, boy and girl, father and son, brothers or friends. I really liked a couple of the stories. Opening Day looks at three ... Read full review

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User Review  - nancynova - LibraryThing

from the convention; a collection of short stories. With the exception of the first one, which I strongly disliked, the rest are stories of men - hunting, sports, interesting and at time thought ... Read full review

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About the author (1996)

David Guterson was born in Seattle and later graduated from the University of Washington. Before becoming a full-time writer, Guterson was a high school English teacher and a contributing editor for Harper's Magazine. Guterson has published The Country Ahead of Us, The Country Behind, a collection of short stories, and Family Matters: Why Home Schooling Makes Sense, a nonfiction book. Snow Falling on Cedars is Guterson's most famous work; it has won the Pen/Faulkner Award and was an American Booksellers Book of the Year Nominee.

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