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The Night in Question by Tobias Wolff
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Apr 04, 11

Read from April 01 to 03, 2011

More thoughts, less drama, less to sink your teeth into than Back in the World. But also more experimentation, and of course the same style, economy of language, as always. Here you see Wolff switching point of view a lot more. Often he'll zoom from adolescence to adulthood, or vice versa, to give a story more texture and space. A third of the stories are told from children's or teenagers' perspectives, showing Wolff's growing concern with growing up, which he gives full rein to in This Boy's Life (1989 memoir) and Old School (2003 novel).
"The Other Miller", about a young soldier fooling himself, and "Bullet in the Brain", about a jaded book critic fooling himself, are astonishing stories in their power. I can remember reading the latter in my second workshop in undergrad.

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