The Country Ahead of Us, the Country Behind

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A&C Black, Feb 18, 2013 - Fiction - 288 pages
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A piercing collection of short stories set in the Pacific Northwest from the PEN/Faulkner Award-winning writer of Snow Falling on Cedars

Guterson's beautifully observed and emotionally sharp short stories are set largely in the Pacific Northwest, an area he knew very well. In these vast landscapes, hunting, fishing, and sports are the givens of men's lives, but so too are regrets, wrong turns, lost opportunities, and quiet reflections. They remember their mistakes, their lies and their first loves with intense and lingering recollections.

With prose that stings like the scent of gunpowder, this is a collection of great power.
 

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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

Contents

Opening Day
15
Day of the Moonwalk
31
Aliens
47
Wood Grouse on a High Promontory Overlooking Canada
69
Piranhas
77
Three Hunters
97
American Elm
119
Arcturus
143
The Flower Garden
159
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David Guterson is the author of the novels Snow Falling on Cedars, East of the Mountains, Our Lady of the Forest and The Other; a collection of short stories, The Country Ahead Of Us, The Country Behind, and of the non-fiction book Family Matters: Why Home Schooling Makes Sense. Snow Falling on Cedars won the PEN/ Faulkner Award. David Guterson lives in Washington State.

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