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Our Story Begins by Tobias Wolff
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Dec 31, 08

bookshelves: favorites, short-fiction
Read in December, 2008

I may be a little bias on this one, cause if you ask me (go ahead, ask!) I'll tell you that I think Tobias Wolff is the greatest living American writer. This greatest hits collection has all of his best stories: "In the Garden of North American Martyrs," "Hunters in the Snow" (one of my all-time favs) "Flyboys," "The Other Miller," "Smorgasbord," "The Night in Question," and "Bullet in the Brain" (another all-time great.)

Reading Wolff is like taking a graduate level writing course on literary fiction. He's practically flawless in his execution and his stories are completely unforgettable and breathtaking.

I will say this... his "new stories" at the end, aren't quite as impressive as his earlier body of work, but they're pretty good. It would be virtually impossible to write better stories than the ones he penned in his thirties and forties... nobody could write better stories (not even the man himself) than olde Toby did in his salad years.

Believe it.

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