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Willow Temple: New and Selected Stories

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A contemplative selection of twelve short stories from the celebrated author Donald Hall, Willow Temple focuses on the effects of divorce, adultery, and neglect. Hall's stories are reminiscent of those of Alice Munro and William Maxwell in their mastery of form and their ability to trace the emotional fault lines connecting generations. "From Willow Temple" is the indelibl ...more
ebook, 224 pages
Published August 23rd 2004 by Mariner Books (first published May 7th 2003)
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read at the same time as two books by a much hipper/different/wilder writer, roberto bolano. but these much more traditional short stories, especially the title piece and some of the older ones that i had already read, touched me more deeply. hall writes beautifully, and has a slight off center streak.
Aaron Records
I was very happy to find that Hall is as great at writing prose as he is poetry. His stories remind me of Flannery O'Connor and Raymond Carver, but angled toward rural vs. urban life, morality and relationships, and often based in New Hampshire. (It makes it easy for me to relate to since I've lived for years in Conway and attend Colby-Sawyer in New London, right near where Hall lives on his farm.) He spoke at my college two years ago and everyone asked him about poetry. Now I have the urge to s ...more
Hall is 84 and this collection was published when he was 74 in 2003. The five selected stories were all taken from The Ideal Bakery (1987), the collection prior to Willow Temple. The remaining seven stories were written between 1987 and 2003. So in a long, much published and very distinguished career, short fiction was not Hall’s primary form—poetry first, non-fiction prose, children’s books and textbooks. So I was prepared to be underwhelmed, perhaps diverted. But I found myself quite taken wit ...more
No writer I've read has mastered the craft of writing as well as Donald Hall. The stories are intriguing and wonderfully written, and on a sentence-by-sentence basis some of the best writing I've ever seen. Highly recommended. The First Woman was a particular favorite.
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I just received my copy of Willow Temple from Amazon today. Donald Hall is a wonderful writer. He was the Poet Laureate of the US in 2006 and is also the author of the Caldecott winner, Ox-Cart Man, but I love his short stories the best.
First short stories I've read by Hall. Admire his poetry.
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Donald Hall was born in New Haven, Connecticut, in 1928. He began writing as an adolescent and attended the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference at the age of sixteen—the same year he had his first work published. He earned a B.A. from Harvard in 1951 and a B. Litt. from Oxford in 1953.

Donald Hall has published numerous books of poetry, most recently White Apples and the Taste of Stone: Selected Poems 1
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Ox-Cart Man Without: Poems The Best Day the Worst Day: Life with Jane Kenyon White Apples and the Taste of Stone: Selected Poems, 1946-2006 The Painted Bed: Poems

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