The children in the woods: new and selected stories

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Ticknor & Fields, 1994 - Fiction - 338 pages
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Recipient of the 1991 PEN/Malamud Award for excellence in the short story, Frederick Busch confirms his achievement in this unsettling and affecting collection of new and selected stories. Like Hansel and Gretel, the characters in The Children in the Woods are concerned with survival; in the subtle playing out of this dark fairy tale, Busch makes palpable the themes of love, loss, alienation, and disillusionment. In "Critics," it is the hierarchy of familial.

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User Review  - SeriousGrace - LibraryThing

Children in the Woods is made up of 23 short stories. Most of the stories are really bleak. It is advisable to parse them out over time. I read one a day and even that was a little much. "Bread" - a ... Read full review

THE CHILDREN IN THE WOODS: New and Selected Stories

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

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 ... Read full review


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Frederick Bush's most recent novel is The Night Inspector, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. He is Fairchild Professor of Literature at Colgate University.

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