Hard to Be Good

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Perennial Library, 1988 - Fiction - 288 pages
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The first short story collection from the acclaimed non-fiction writer contains eight stories, six of which were originally published in the New Yorker. From a mildly troubled adolescent who moves from innocence to experience over the course of a summer with his estranged mother ("Hard to Be Good") to a former rock musician protecting himself against the bitterness of a failed romance ("Too Much Elecrticity"), Barich treats his characters with loving empathy and gentle humor. His eye for the specific and the delightful ease of his prose style allow him to find the extraordinary in the lives of ordinary Americans.

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Barich has here collected seven stories, all but one previously published. In toto, the stories have a monotonous similarity, with casual character encounters and almost-immediate emotional/sexual ... Read full review

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Bill Barich is the author of several books, among them "Laughing in the Hills", "Big Dreams: Into the Heart of California", "Traveling Light", & "Then Sporting Life". He wrote for "The New Yorker" for many years, contributing short stories as well as pieces on such varied subjects as fly fishing, boxing, Italian culture, & his favorite English pub. He has been a Guggenheim Fellow in fiction, & currently lives in San Anselmo, California.

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