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Someone to Watch Over Me

3.8  ·  Rating Details ·  129 Ratings  ·  14 Reviews
Richard Bausch is a master of the intimate moment, of the ways we seek to make lasting connections to one another and to the world. Few writers evoke the complexities of love as subtly, and few capture the poignancy of the sudden insight or the rhythms of ordinary conversation with such delicacy and humor. To read these twelve stories--of love and loss, of families and ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published May 3rd 2000 by Harper Perennial (first published 1999)
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Chris Blocker
Jun 01, 2010 Chris Blocker rated it really liked it
Often in short stories, it seems that plot is sacrificed for the sake of coming across as more "literary." Sometimes it is done well, and I can applaud the author; afterward, however, I remember nothing of the story (oh, that was the story where Sally woke up in the morning, put on her make-up and... uh...)

Bausch shatters this idea of the story-less story while remaining intelligent and relevant. Here are several stories that entertain the reader but do not compromise character development or th
J. Joan
Mar 05, 2015 J. Joan rated it it was ok
Perhaps I'm not a short story fan or short story aficionado, but I did not quite enjoy this book as much as most readers/critics. I found the stories very limited - yes, they are only tiny windows into a moment in time, and in that regard, I must not like short stories generally, since they feel so incomplete to me - but I also did not think I could get into any of the characters (again, another issue with the short story form itself for me?).

No one seemed likeable or relatable in any of the st
Suzanne Lagasa
Aug 20, 2011 Suzanne Lagasa rated it really liked it
I love Richard Bausch's stories so much, but they are so, incredibly, deeply, utterly sad. I have to ration him out otherwise I can get seriously depressed. Moving, sad and still quite beautiful, truthful.
Frederick Bingham
Jan 01, 2012 Frederick Bingham rated it liked it
A collection of mildly amusing short stories. The most memorable one is a story about two neurotic adulterous lovers told from the perspective of someone listening in on their conversation from an adjacent room.
Mary Lynn
Jul 01, 2007 Mary Lynn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I can't praise Bausch enough for this collection. His writing is so clear, it looks effortless, and he infuses so much empathy into his characters. Every story I read in this collection becomes my favorite, until I begin the next one.
Oct 24, 2007 Leota rated it really liked it
some of these stories are really wonderful - dark, funny and touching - and others fall a little flat for me. but overall, i enjoyed this collection and am interested to read other things that the wrote.
Dec 13, 2012 Jane rated it it was amazing
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By far my favorite short story author--vivid memorable characters--insightful especially about male-female relationships.
Nov 16, 2008 Maritess rated it it was amazing
Ok, ok, I didn't read all the stories, just the one, "Someone to Watch Over Me."

The greatest short story I ever read, about a lunch, and it was genius.
Jan 15, 2011 Nicole added it
This a good book to read if you just want to read short stories or you want a break from that long novel. It was funny and heart warming.
Sep 06, 2010 Katherine rated it liked it
Good short stories. I don't usually like when stories end without an ending per se but these stories do not require endings. Gets me thinking!! Liking it so far
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Recommends it for: short story lovers
A great book of stories, adult and properly engaging. Highly recommended.
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An acknowledged master of the short story form, Richard Bausch's work has appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, Esquire, Harper's, The New Yorker, Narrative, Gentleman's Quarterly. Playboy, The Southern Review, New Stories From the South, The Best American Short Stories, O. Henry Prize Stories, and The Pushcart Prize Stories; and they have been widely anthologized, including The Granta Book of the ...more
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