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Welding with Children: Stories

4.15 of 5 stars 4.15  ·  rating details  ·  301 ratings  ·  35 reviews
A New York Times Notable Book of the Year

In eleven raucous, touching stories, Tim Gautreaux traces the course of sin and redemption through the lives of small-town women and men in Louisiana. His unforgettable characters include a grandfather who discovers, while ctaking care of his grandchildren, that they are growing up without any sense at all of right and wrong; a came
Paperback, 224 pages
Published January 6th 2009 by Picador (first published 1999)
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Suzanne Moore
All these stories were very entertaining, but “Sorry Blood” had me on the edge of my seat so to speak. I worried through most of the story about the old farmer with Alzheimer’s. When the old man was picked up by a stranger claiming to be his son, I was furious with the way he was being exploited. The slob who took advantage of the confused old man was so grotesque that I wanted him to get his due in the worst way. Others have compared Gautreaux to Flannery O'Conner and I can see the resemblance ...more
Pam Marriott
The voice, the voice, the voice! A true ventriloquist with his characters but the honesty and heart of this author is heard in the placement and sound of every word. A magician of precision in tight, full writing, however impossible that seems! I savored every story. Yummmm!
This was a perfect lunch hour book for two reasons. First, each short story in this collection takes about 45 minutes to read start-to-finish, so the logistics couldn't have been better. And second, these stories take place for the most part in southern Louisiana (though not New Orleans), and I enjoyed getting that far out of the office each day.

Though each short story is self-contained and capable of standing on its own (no recurring characters), they all seem to complement each other. Each su
Anara Guard
I read a lot of stories, and Tim Gautreaux has a voice unlike any other. His particular Louisiana tone is so precise, the strangeness of some of his characters is heartbreaking. They are everyday and odd at the same time. As the title of the collection indicates, they take risks and do things that no "ordinary" person would dream of doing, and they somehow seem not to regard the perils as we think they should. We cringe at the choices they make, we hope for the best, we turn the page, we sih.
Richda Mcnutt
I loved Gautreaux's novel, "The Missing," and was so pleased when my daughter gave this collection of short stories to me for my birthday. It did not disappoint - unlike some collections which are quite repetitive in either theme or similar characters, Gautreaux gives us eleven stories that are completely different. Some are humorous, some bittersweet, some quirky; but all feature unique Louisianans that will keep you entertained. The only bad thing about the book: it's not long enough.
Rhonda Browning White
Excellent collection of stories that range from heartache to humor. There's no way I could select a favorite. This is definitely a collection I'll read again one day.

Highly recommended.
Tim Gautreaux was my creative writing professor in the 70's. My grown daughter gave me this book for a birthday present, as she knew how highly I thought of Dr. Gautreaux. I had forgotten what a splendid writer he was. The title story, Welding with Children, is both heartbreaking in parts and laugh out loud funny in other parts. Wonderful, wonderful stories.
Mary Z : )
This is my first Tim Gautreaux book, but certainly not the last. He has outstanding storytelling skills. The characters and storylines are fresh, interesting, and diverse. The short stories feel complete, yet at the same time there's a sense that each story existed before and after the episode I read. This was a page turner that I didn't want to end.
Mike R-w
I liked this collection better than Same Places, Same Things, though I gave them both four stars (I'd be in favor of a 100 star rating system). So many contemporary short story authors equate "bleak" with "literary." In Welding with Children, Gautreaux demonstrates how a story can be hopeful without being cheesy or unrealistic.
This is a collection of excellent short stories. There were a number that were so real and touching; others were delightfully funny. Perhaps the stories seem more true because they take place in South Louisiana...and I do know a few folks just like the ones in the stories. It was a pleasant read.
Spotted this book in the book stack at Goodwill. Got my money's worth. Effective title-made me pick it out of a row of books. I've read other books since then, but didn't realize it was the same author until then.
Justa Lanie
I loved every one of these stories. Each had an ongoing tension to pull you through the story and each had unique characters that you can't find anywhere else. Great book for anyone who loves Southern fiction.
Julian Cruz
Just read the first story; don't bother with the rest.
We read this for a college class and I remember it being a fantastic collection of short stories. I would draw a comparison between Gautreaux and Flannery O'Connor.
Stephanie Murphy
This is the first Gautreaux story I ever read. It was delightful and so much fun to go back home with. It got me hooked on his stories. Now I'm a big fan.
Elizabeth Michael
Gautreax is a lot like Carver and Dubus, except that he's wholly southern and, in many ways, a lot less serious--and never aims to be anything but.
Unfortunately this is not instructional and at no point involves the use of children as flux. I rolled the dice; I lost.
Nov 28, 2007 Lacey rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone over 16
Shelves: southern-lit
You'll never really know why you like this book as much as you. But there's a symmetry and poetry that make it a classic.
Really 3-1/2 stars. Entertaining stories with well-developed characters. I'll look forward to reading some of his other books.
A few stories were five stars (the first one, Welding with Children, particularly). Others were just ok.
Great selection of short stories by an excellent Louisiana author. My favorite story was "Easy Pickings"!
Kitty Tomlinson
Short story collection that really brings forth the atmosphere of South Louisiana. Great writer.
Southern short stories. A great and varied collection. Loved it!
A fine, slim volume of some of Gautreaux's sweetest stories.
Beautiful language, compelling characters, engaging stories!
Tim Gautreaux is an authentic voice of Cajun Louisiana.
Interesting short stories. "Easy Pickings" was hilarious.
Cassidy Alexander
Really good stories well written.
As good as I remembered. Maybe better.
Sharon Creal
The Piano Tuner - not to be missed.
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