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Wives & Lovers - Richard Bausch

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"Wives & Lovers" is a collection of three short novels from the author whom the "Boston Globe" calls "one of the most expert and substantial of our writers."

"Requisite Kindness" -- published here for the first time -- tells the story of a man who must come to terms with a life of treating women badly when he goes to live with his sister and dying mother. "Rare & Endangered Species" demonstrates how a wife and mother's suicide reverberates in the small community where she lived, and affects the lives of people who don't even know her. Finally, "Spirits" is about the pain that men and women can -- and do -- inflict upon each other. These three very different works illuminate the unadorned core of love -- not the showy, more celebrated sort but what remains when lust, jealousy, and passion have been stripped away.

"Superb . Bausch's always deft touch seems to have become even more fine-tuned over the course of time." -- Seattle Times "Bausch conveys a real perception of what e.e. cummings might call the power of life's 'intense fragility'."--Washington Post "A first-rate collection of novellas that will break your heart and fill you with hope at the same time."--Denver Rocky Mountain News "Bausch's emotional insight is staggering, and his talent [punctures] often-impenetrable battles of love and their aftershocks."--Washingtonian Magazine "These fascinating stories, written by someone who clearly delights in human foibles, deliver unflinching gut punches while remaining undeniably moving."--Entertainment Weekly "Haunting and beautifully crafted, these three short novellas showcase Bausch's skill at eliciting readers' compassion...leaves you wanting more."--People (4 Stars) "Superb ... Bausch's always deft touch seems to have become even more fine-tuned over the course of time."--Seattle Times "Short-story master Bausch probes the tensions that seethe in families...tempered by sensitive affection."--Kirkus Reviews "A nice, brief introduction to this highly regarded American writer."--Library Journal Haunting and beautifully crafted, these three short novellas showcase Bausch s skill at eliciting readers compassion...leaves you wanting more. --People (4 Stars)" These fascinating stories, written by someone who clearly delights in human foibles, deliver unflinching gut punches while remaining undeniably moving. --Entertainment Weekly" A first-rate collection of novellas that will break your heart and fill you with hope at the same time. --Denver Rocky Mountain News" Superb Bausch s always deft touch seems to have become even more fine-tuned over the course of time. --Seattle Times" Bausch s emotional insight is staggering, and his talent [punctures] often-impenetrable battles of love and their aftershocks. --Washingtonian Magazine" Bausch conveys a real perception of what e.e. cummings might call the power of life s intense fragility . --Washington Post" Short-story master Bausch probes the tensions that seethe in families...tempered by sensitive affection. --Kirkus Reviews" A nice, brief introduction to this highly regarded American writer. --Library Journal"

Requisite kindness
Rare and endangered species
Spirits
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ISBN: 9780060571832
ISBN-10: 0060571837
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 6th July 2004
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 19.5 x 14.1  x 1.5
Weight (kg): 0.19