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Drinking with the Cook

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In her first collection in more than a decade,
acclaimed short story writer Laura Furman displays
the maturation of talent, theme and content that her
widely praised early work foretold.

Furman is a writer of nuance and marvelous subtlety,
acutely observant of the minute detail that forms
the texture of reality whether in the natural world
or in the arena of personal relati

Hardcover, 256 pages
Published March 1st 2001 by Winedale Publishing (first published 2001)
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I Love furman’s title, ‘drinking with the cook’ and that connotation is infused into much of the story collection ranging over lots of parts of usa and Europe and beyond. There are spies, householders, and yes, cooks. This is 1st furman ive seen or read, but she has more ss’s and novels too. this title is from an “obscure” publisher: winedale publishing, though goodreads has a ‘misprint’ of windale (goodreads would never make it in the “real” library world, ha) and perhaps publisher is long gone ...more
May 13, 2010 marked it as to-read
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This is written by my first college creative writing teacher at UT. Very good so far, and I can hear her voice explaining why these stories work in my head.

Good enough book, but I got busy with school and it came up due at the library. Will return to it another day I suppose...
Jul 08, 2008 rated it did not like it
There are occasional gems here -- phrases I wish I'd come up with -- but this is the most depressing thing I've read in a long time, maybe ever.
Oct 22, 2009 rated it really liked it
Short stories dripping with isolation and loneliness like the morning dew. Don't read if depressed. Or maybe read it and realize how many ways we have to isolate ourselves.
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Laura J. Furman (born 1945) is an American author best known for her role as series editor for the O. Henry Awards prize story collection. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, Mirabella, Ploughshares, Southwest Review.

She has written three collections of stories (The Glass House, Watch Time Fly, and Drinking with the Cook), two novels (The Shadow Line and Tuxedo Park), and a memoir (Ordinary P
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