Bill Barich's first books established him as one of the finest, most appealing, writers of the literature of fact. Now, with this first collection of short fiction, readers have cause to celebrate a prose stylist who can gracefully cross the boundaries of genre.
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Bill Barich has written for many publications over four decades, including The New Yorker. He is the author of numerous books, including A Pint of Plain, about the decline of Irish culture as revealed by the demise of the classic Irish pub, and the horse racing classic Laughing in the Hills. He lives in Dublin, Ireland and California.From Publishers Weekly:
Barrich's first collection of seven short stories, which takes a look at the lofty standards people set for themselves, is not just good, but very good. The title narrative introduces Shane, a teenager spending a vacation with his ex-hippie mother and her third husband. Trying hard to behave, Shane nevertheless seems propelled, almost by fate, to end up in the local jail. In "The Guest," the behavior question is seen from another viewpoint. The owner of a small Italian guesthouse calls it "a victory for the forces of order" when he evicts an unruly guest. As time passes, however, he finds he misses the friendly chaos the man's annual visits brought. Barich (Traveling Light) has a rare ability to create quirky, likable characters with a few deft strokes. That, and the fact that his short stories are complete, compelling narratives in which problems proceed forward resolutions, make this collection especially appealing.
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