The Way People Run: Stories

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Thorndike Press, 1999 - Fiction - 254 pages
Against the backdrop of vivid settings, especially the Chesapeake Bay region and the American West, and observed with passion, generosity and grace, these stunning short stories illuminate the deep emotional connections and disconnections both between people and within them. In the title story, chosen for the 1992 Best American Short Stories volume, a man goes west to find a new job and loses his hold on his old life. In "Something Important," Peter Ramsey undertakes a reunion with his long-lost brother, and discovers that his wife is in love with someone else. In "Things Left Undone," which appeared in the 1994 edition of Best American Short Stories, a young couple tries to survive a tragedy. Life's truths are at the heart of these magnificent stories by a modern American master. Book jacket.

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Christopher Tilghman's second collection of short fiction compares well to his first, In a Father's Place, published nine years earlier. Mining the same territory (geographical and emotional ... Read full review


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Separation anxiety and strong emotion repressed almost to the point of suffocation are the constants that are analyzed—with sometimes excessive precision—in this otherwise impressive gathering of ... Read full review


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Writer Christopher Tilghman was born in Boston in 1946 and later graduated from Yale University. After Tilghman served in the Navy, he took on construction work until he was able to establish himself as a writer. Tilghman's short stories appeared in The New Yorker magazine and in Best American Short Stories. He also published In a Father's Place, a collection of short stories, and Mason's Retreat, his first novel.

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