The Stories of Richard Bausch
A 2004 PEN/Malamud Award winner, this collection celebrates the work of American artist Richard Bausch -- a writer the New York Times calls "a master of the short story." By turns tender, raw, heartbreaking, and riotously funny, the many voices of this definitive forty-two-story collection (seven of which appear here for the first time) defy expectation, attest to Bausch's...more
So far as I know, he is the only American author to take up James Kelman's technique for using a row of three dots to indicate a silence during conversation, and it pays a dividend of hilarity in a story about a phone sex provider and her client.
His novel Peace ...more
I happened upon this book at a used bookstore, not sure why it called out to me, but somehow it did. And boy am I glad. By far one of the best short story collections I have ever read. Truly on par with the likes of John Cheever. The truth is that most people are not heroes, they simply are people.
I will definitely read more by Bausch though. Even in the shorter stories he had a way of pulling me in after the fir ...more
Richard Bausch - "whom the Washington Post Book World calls 'a virtuoso of language and literary grace'" - deserves this 5-star rating ... even though not one happy relationship can be found in any of the short stories. (I mean, really, not one. Come on.)
Some of the stories though ... I can't put into words how good I find them. The O'Henry Award-winning "What Feels Like the World" renders my 5-star rating so inadequate.
"The Man Who Knew Belle Starr"
"Old Wes ...more
Bausch is a "southern" writer who writes about the rest of us too.
Short fiction is not my favorite format and I often find myself disappointed with how many short-story writers deal with its limitations. After reading four or five from this collection, however, I was soon puzzling over how Bausch’s skill at drawing me into situations ...more
This collection by Mr. Richard Bausc ...more