Problems with People: Stories
Ten sharply observed, funny, and wise new stories from the best-selling author of Snow Falling on Cedars: stunning explorations of the mysteries of love and our complex desire for connection.
Ranging from youth to old age, the voices that inhabit Problems with People offer tender, unexpected, and always tightly focused accounts of our quest to understand each other, individually, and as part of a political and historical moment. These stories are shot through with tragedy—the long-ago loss of a young boyfriend, a son's death at sea; poignant reflections upon cultural and personal circumstances—whether it is being Jewish, overweight and single, or a tourist in a history-haunted land; and paradigmatic questions about our sense of reality and belonging. Spanning diverse geographies—all across America, and in countries as distant as Nepal and South Africa—these stories showcase David Guterson's signature gifts for characterization, psychological nuance, emotional and moral suspense, and evocations of small-town life and the natural world. They celebrate the ordinary yet brightening surprises that lurk within the dramas of our daily lives, as well as the return of a contemporary American master to the form that launched his astonishing literary career.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - SheTreadsSoftly - LibraryThing
Problems with People by David Guterson is a highly recommended collection of 10 short stories that showcase introspective people struggling to connect with each other. Almost all of the characters are ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - DanielleMD - LibraryThing
I was torn between giving this 3 stars or giving it 4. Some stories were 3s, one was a 5, a couple were 2s. Overall, a solid book. It definitely touched me. Read full review