Problems with People
By David Guterson
(Vintage, Paperback, 9780345807427, 176pp.)
Publication Date: March 3, 2015
Other Editions of This Title: Hardcover
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These ten wise, extraordinary tales explore the mysteries of love and our complex desire for connection. Spanning wide and diverse geographies—America, Nepal, South Africa, Germany—they showcase Guterson’s gifts for psychological nuance, emotional suspense, and evocation of the natural world.
In these pages, we meet, among others, a lonely landlord trying to reach out to his tenants; a middle-aged widower looking for love online; an American Jew traveling to Berlin to confront his haunted past. Celebrating the surprises that lurk within the dramas of our daily lives, Problems with People marks the return of a contemporary American master to the form that launched his literary career.
David Guterson is the author of five novels: Snow Falling on Cedars, which won the PEN/Faulkner and the American Booksellers Association Book of the Year Award; East of the Mountains; Our Lady of the Forest, a New York TimesNotable Book and a Los Angeles Times and Seattle Post- Intelligencer Best Book of the Year; The Other; and Ed King. He is also the author of a previous story collection,The Country Ahead of Us, the Country Behind; a poetry collection, Songs for a Summons; and two works of nonfiction, Family Matters: Why Homeschooling Makes Sense and Descent: A Memoir of Madness. The recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, he lives in Washington State.
“First-rate. . . . Humorous, ironic, and satiric. . . . Each story is realistic, bordering on surrealistic.” —The Boston Globe
“Beautifully rendered. . . . Show[s] us that despite our problems with one another, there may still be hope for us all.” —The New York Journal of Books
“Deeply affecting. . . . A haunting collection from a thoughtful storyteller.” —Library Journal (starred review)
“Guterson is celebrated for his deeply atmospheric novels, and his electrifying short fiction is equally expressive.” —Booklist