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Wifeshopping: Stories

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Wifeshopping centers on the ultimate human quest: the search for companionship, love, and understanding. These captivating stories feature American men, love-starved and striving, who try and often fail to connect with the women they imagine could be their wives. Some of the women are fiancees, some are new girlfriends, some are strangers who cross the men's paths for only ...more
ebook, 208 pages
Published July 1st 2008 by Mariner Books (first published January 1st 2008)
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John Luiz
Entering a committed relationship - either in the shift from casual dating to something more serious or from engagement to marriage - is notoriously difficult for men. All the men in this thematically linked collection are stuck at that stage in their romantic lives - and failing miserably at it. Often it's the hangover from these men's first nuclear families - their absent fathers, domineering brothers, or crazy sisters - that prevent them from starting their own families. But the collection of ...more
Feb 04, 2009 Matt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Steve and I had at least one creative writing class together what must be almost a decade ago now, and I don't think I'm saying too much when I said that I liked him but he didn't stand out in the class (I doubt I did, either). So it was a pleasant and growing surprise to read through this book of his stories with increasing admiration and pleasure....

Of all the subjects I thought I'd tire of, a book of stories about men who want to marry someone, practically anyone hardly seems like my cup of
Jul 22, 2008 Curtis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: short-stories
I had the pleasure of meeting Steven Wingate a couple of months ago. I discovered him on, visited his website, and read several intriguing online reviews of his new book, Wifeshopping. A few weeks later RW and I attended his reading at the Tattered Cover bookstore. He was very cool, down-to-earth, and engaging; Mr.Wingate has a genuine passion for fiction that made me want to rush home and start writing. I felt inspired to explore my most neurotic, vulnerable and darkest romantic l ...more
Jenn Jurisprudence
I enjoyed this collection of stories. Some I liked more than others, some I identified with, some I didn't. Some of the characters jumped out, some I didn't like at all. Some of the storylines were disturbing, some were quite comfortable. I think when short stories can run the gamut like that, make the reader feel many different ways over the course of the reading, then the author has done his work well. I recommend this collection if you're interested in well done portrayals of real life situat ...more
Zachary Karabashliev
What a terrific voice! Hilarious, smart and moving collection of a strong American storyteller. 13 tales about looking for love in the most strangest of places - marriage, sex, companionship, bars, cheap hotels and lonely beaches:) I loved it.

p.s. I could not care less about the title as well as the book cover. Sorry - they both cheapen this brilliant collection.
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Steven Wingate (M.F.A. '91)
Aug 28, 2008 Moishy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
some of the storys are great
Странна книга, някои от разказите май хич не ги разбвах, може би защото бяха изцяло от мъжката гледна точка, която както всички знаем е доста неясна :-)
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A very enjoyable and well-written collection.
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My debut short story collection Wifeshopping won the 2007 Bakeless Prize for fiction from the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference and will be published by Houghton Mifflin in July 2008. Stories from it have been published in Gulf Coast, Mississippi Review, The Journal, The Pinch, and elsewhere. Excerpts, reviews, and (coming soon) some video are posted at my website .

I teach creative writing at Sout
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