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November Storm

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  27 ratings  ·  8 reviews
In each of the stories in Robert Oldshue’s debut collection, the characters want to be decent but find that hard to define.

In the first story, an elderly couple is told that delivery of their Thanksgiving dinner has been canceled due to an impending blizzard. Unwilling to have guests but nothing to serve them, they make a run to the grocery, hoping to get there and back b
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Paperback, 140 pages
Published October 1st 2016 by University Of Iowa Press
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Carrie
Jun 15, 2016 rated it it was ok
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November Storm is a collection of short stories by Robert Oldshue. Each of these have in common the fact that the characters are struggling with who they are and are wanting to be decent but just don't know how.

Now, my rating for this book is more for the readability this time than the actual stories. I had received and advance copy for review purposes and normally I'd be willing to overlook a few typos or formatting issues in an ARC but with this one it was just so horrible that it made readin
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Rebecca
Robert Oldshue, a physician from Boston, won the Iowa Short Fiction Award for this volume of short stories published last year. Composed of nine stories, four of them narrated in the first person and the other five in the third person, it is a richly varied collection that dwells on the fragility of life and health and finds unexpected moments of human connection.

In the title story, which is among the book’s strongest, Doris and Ed are worried when their son Andy is late in arriving home for Tha
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Davida Chazan
Oct 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
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These fascinating stories won the Iowa Short Fiction Award in 2016. Read my review of this collection that investigates the essence of human decency, here https://tcl-bookreviews.com/2016/10/2...
Linda
Mar 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Sensitive and well written short stories for all tastes. There is one that takes place in a graveyard that is as frightening as any horror story even though it involves no ghosts. A nice touch to that story is that the female minor character is the strength the protagonist depends on. In fact, most of the stories involve strong women in some way, as either major or minor characters.

The bulk of the stories circle around old age and often the youth who are witnessing the aging, but it is sensitive
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Megan Burns
Jul 12, 2019 rated it liked it
The stream of conscious narration is good for the first story, but the style gets old throughout all of the stories.
Timothy Bazzett
Sep 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
If you are a fan of the short fiction of Alice Munro or the late Frederick Busch, then it gives me great pleasure to introduce you to Robert Oldshue. I know, I know. You'll probably say, Who? But yeah, this sixty-ish physician seems to have suddenly appeared on the literary scene with THOSE kind of writing chops, with the kind of storytelling skills that will have you chuckling in recognition one moment and sucking in your breath in sympathy or sorrow the next, and sometimes on the same page. An ...more
Alicia
Feb 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Dr. Oldshue is a very talented writer! I'm not usually a big short story reader, but his stories are very compelling and I highly recommend this book to anyone who appreciates a good tale.
Kathleen
Nov 12, 2016 rated it liked it
A great debut collection that begged for more writing.
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