For a quarter-century now, in novels and short stories, he has turned a mirror on us and our next-door neighbors and shown us how real people live and laugh and cry. Richard Bausch teaches Creative Writing at Chapman University in Southern California. A young newly-widowed mother, Nora, and her 11-year old son, Jason, are befriended by a neighbor, a black man who offers to check on Jason while Nora works. In The Night Season: A Novel 1999 About book: Stephen King recommended book. Okay, even a person my size might experience serious envy. In this shattering novel, a man walks into a convenience store—which turns out to be precisely the wrong place at the wrong time.
Fathers and daughters, husbands and wives, lovers and families watch their lives explode and unravel, and deceive themselves by believing they once had a grip on their realities. An element of racism is introduced when both Nora and her neighbor, Edward Bishop, begin receiving hate mail. Bausch strikes another blow against sloppy, maudlin sentimentality with this slim gathering of three razor-sharp novellas. Endlessly imaginative and empathic, Bausch continues the great American tradition of virtuosic short stories planted in the ordinary and catapulting into the inexplicable. So what did the hate mail have to do with the story?.
When his characters speak, we recognize their voices — whole lives open up within the frame of each unforgettable story. The culprits eventually get to Edward, whom they brutally murder, then move on to the next prey, Jason, home alone. Straightforward but deeply affecting, his work, as usual, adds up to much more than the sum of its parts, with bright glimmers of hope visible through the fog of loss and misunderstanding. Many times I will expound on a book or books at my blog, Urf! As the men are stalking Jason, I kept thinking, why doesn't he do this or that, but it doesn't matter, because of course they find him and wait for his mother. In the final analysis I think this a book I might recommend to writers more than the average reader as there are some things that Bausch does that, as a writer, are worth paying attention to. Bausch imagines a time-defying friendship emerging between Mary Kingsley, the famous Victorian explorer, and Lily Austin, a college dropout in the late 1980s who shows signs of having a promising future as a playwright.
The story becomes bi-coastal when Nora's parents in Seattle are drawn into the picture. Richard Bausch is a master of the short story—and this selection brings together ten pieces which perfectly showcase his incisive wit, perception, and artistry. He manages to hold the tension in the book right up to the epilogue. As a writer I always read with one eye on the craft of the novel. This was like seeing a movie that had you on the edge of your seat the whole time. It's the kind of book that seems like it's going to be a police story or crime story in the vein of something like a more suspenseful version of In Cold Blood or a more realistic Silence of the Lambs or something, but it ultimately feels more like a Cormac McCarthy novel without the florid language. Strength and hope of characters keeps it from being too dark.
It releases world wide through the next month. Don't read so much into what it all might mean, it's very simple, if I like a book and think you should read it, it gets three stars. I attended the Venice Film Festival with him and members of the cast and production crew, where the movie was featured. Even if they don't, they're apt to entertain you. Of course, the detective investigating a reported disturbance that looks like a hate crime is himself the victim of a failed marriage and of blocked communication with his beloved daughters—and Bausch obligingly tightens the screws on both coasts. Apparently Nora's dead husband has something to do with all this. Richard Bausch is the author of eleven novels and eight collections of stories, including the novels Rebel Powers, Violence, Good Evening Mr.
If Bausch is trying to sell this as serious fiction, he should be ashamed of himself. It would seem that they are being watched. Nora Michaelson and her eleven-year-old son, Jason. However, this novel was absolutely first rate. If I dislike it, one. I read it because it was on a reading list of an author I like so I gave it a shot. America and all the Ships at Sea, 1996, etc.
The winner of two National Magazine Awards for fiction, Richard Bausch has been hailed for the incisive wit and perception in his stories. Five stars are not for mortals. Playboy, The Southern Review, New Stories From the South, The Best American Short Stories, O. All 12 stories here are full of domesticity, danger and people who sense disaster but, in a kind of dream-state impotence, can shout no warning. This includes, but is not limited to: navigation, video, image galleries, etc. In Take Me Back, Bausch has fashioned a harrowing examination of the hopelessness, despondency, and frailty families can engender.