Few writers can match Lewis Buzbee at capturing the American
family disrupted by challenges from the outside world, or from
within. These are powerful, moving stories of such families. Even
when life conspires to tear them apart, Buzbee's families cope,
they figure out what comes next. Though not connected in any
narrative sense, the stories share a common thread: how to live
after the disaster, after the gold rush is over and the gold has
run out. Still, Buzbee's characters dream big and love deep, and
each story in the collection is raw at the core, wholly memorable,
and dedicated to the courage of loving.
Anchoring this collection is the novella "An American Son,"
destined to become a classic. Here is a story filled with pathos
and humor about a 17-year-old high school junior who, to the
amazement and utter consternation of his parents, defects for a
time to the Soviet Union and becomes a writer, returning eventually
to the Best Westerns of America. It is a vehicle that provides
Buzbee with a new leverage on contemporary culture, and a hip take
on the writer's life.
Lewis Buzbee is a third-generation Californian, and has been
writing since age 12. After earning his MFA from the Warren Wilson
Program for Writers, he published his first collection of short
stories, "Fliegelman's Desire," from Ballentine Books. A former
bookseller and rep for Chronicle, his book on reading and the
publishing business, "The Yellow Lighted Bookshop," is to be
released simultaneously from Graywolf.
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