What Is This Thing Called Love?
By Gene Wilder
(St. Martin's Press, Hardcover, 9780312598907, 176pp.)
Publication Date: March 30, 2010
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The actor and novelist answers this eternal question twelve ways, in stories that explore our most complicated emotionThis is a winning collection from an author writing on his favorite topic: love. Each emotionally involving story illuminates a different kind of love: star-crossed, intense, needy, eternal, unrequited, even comical. Wilder’s protagonists will be instantly recognizable to his fans: men and women who stumble into relationships that can fulfill them or knock them out cold. Which one it will be depends, often, on the smallest of gestures or reactions. Wilder’s stories include: • “In Love for the First Time,” about a lover so shy and studious that he’s a “funny duck” who has to be led by the hand by his equally inexperienced girlfriend • “About Being in Love,” featuring coarse but charming Buddy Silverman, who yearns for connection but looks for it in exactly the wrong kind of woman • “The Woman in the Red Hat,” who shows a writer who has only explored love in his books what the real thing feels like.
Gene Wilder has been acting since he was thirteen and writing for the screen since the early 1970s. His first book, about his own life, was Kiss Me Like A Stranger. His first novel, set in France in World War I, is My French Whore. He lives in Connecticut with his wife, Karen.
Most people think of Gene Wilder as an actor, the star of movies such as The Producers and Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory. But he is also a writer. He joins us to talk about his career and his book of short stories, What Is This Thing Called Love? More at NPR.org
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