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Search Party: Stories of Rescue

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In the epigraph to this volume, Penelope Fitzgerald tells us: “If a story begins with finding, it must end with searching,” and so we discover each story here to follow the arc of a search, just as each also contains a rescue. What is immediately apparent is that it will be impossible to guess the form this rescue will take or even who it is who’ll require it.

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Paperback, 256 pages
Published July 16th 2013 by Counterpoint (first published January 1st 2013)
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I read about 70 pages and then stopped, something that is very unlike me. I normally finish every book I pick up, whether it takes me 3 days or 3 months to get through. This book just really wasn't worth my time. The first 30 pages were torture to get through - there would be rambling paragraphs that made no sense even after I reread them. Theres paragraphs of tangents that don't fit into the stories. And the stories didn
Kelly Woodward
Jul 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
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I started reading this book months upon months ago, but I'm a multiple-books-at-a-time reader, and something usually ends up falling by the wayside. Sometimes it's because the book doesn't hold my interest, sometimes it's because something shiny comes along, and sometimes it's just a wrong-place-wrong-time sort of thing. I'm not sure what took me so long with this one...probably a combination of the last two. I remember reading "The Finding," the first story in Search Party, and being pleasantly ...more
Mar 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
I'd somehow never heard of Trueblood before reading this collection, but now I am definitely interested in reading more. This collection took me about five times as long to get through as I would have guessed, but by the end I didn't want it to end, even though I think I understood it as little at the start as I did at the end.

I think T is usually seen as a novelist, which maybe is why these stories seem constructed almost out of continents of prose, like she's shaping these larger stories that
Siobhan Fallon
Aug 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Wow, Valerie Trueblood does it again, her latest short story collection, SEARCH PARTY, is remarkable. One of the best collections I have read in a long time, maybe ever (though her last, MARRY OR BURN, was right up there as well). The one word that I think sums up the collection best is "vast"-- each story is a world complete in itself.
A woman who was abducted during the Depression watches a film of her life, mortified at the things she revealed about herself to the director, and the abduction
Feb 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
SEARCH PARTY is my favorite of Valerie Trueblood's books because she really draws in the reader to the stories of people's lives, what connects us, why we all need a little rescue sometimes. There are moments when I read her writing and a gasp escapes me because a paragraph will reach deep into a common experience for all of us and the author has expressed it with ice-clear clarity. And I find myself loving some of her characters, such as Abby, the Virginia woman who was "stolen" as a girl or Ma ...more
Jul 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
I'm not a huge fan of short stories, but this got good reviews. Though there were 2 stories in particularly I wasn't fond of, overall, I really enjoyed them. Particularly the longer ones - where there was more story, character development, plot.
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I thought the book sounded great but unfortunately I struggled to get into it, I have stopped for now but plan to go back to it as the description of the book really did sound good
Susan Rukeyser
Jan 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
My review of this wonderful collection appears at Necessary Fiction:
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Jul 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this book :)
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In 2006 Valerie Trueblood’s first novel, Seven Loves, came out from Little, Brown, receiving wide notice in print and online, and high praise from writers and critics. It was followed by a paperback edition, and was a Barnes and Noble “Discover Great New Writers” pick and one of Nancy Pearl’s "Ten Favorite Books of 2006."

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