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After the stunning historical novels The Clearing and The Missing, Tim Gautreaux now ranges freely through contemporary life with 12 new stories and eight from previous collections. Most are set in his beloved Louisiana, many hard by or on the Mississippi River, others in North Carolina, and even in midwinter Minnesota. But generally it's heat, humidity, and bugs that beset his people as they wrestle with affairs of the heart, matters of faith, and the pros and cons of tight-knit communities - a remarkable cast of characters, primarily of the working class, proud and knowledgeable about the natural or mechanical world, their lives marked by a prized stereo or a magical sewing machine retrieved from a locked safe, boats and card games, and casinos, grandparents and grandchildren and those in between, their experiences leading them to the ridiculous or the scarifying or the sublime; most of them striving for what's right and good, others tearing off in the opposite direction.
©2017 Tim Gautreaux (P)2017 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books
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By Gatster on 12-11-17

I have always loved Tim Gautreaux

I fell in love with the fiction of Tim Gautreaux about 20 years ago when I read “Sorry Blood” in STORY magazine. This collection is just great. The new stuff is superb. As for the old stuff: “The Piano Tuner” is one of the best stories I’ve ever read. I don’t know if it ever made it into a Best American Short Stories edition. If not, it should have.

Gautreaux’s Fiction has all the elements of writing craft that make good fiction, but one thing that distinguishes his fiction is the essential goodness of his characters and the positive outcomes of his plots.

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