Lost and Old Rivers

Stories by Alan Cheuse

By Alan Cheuse
(Southern Methodist University Press, Hardcover, 9780870744327, 211pp.)

Publication Date: September 1998

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The ten stories and one long semi-autobiographical "story from memory" in Alan Cheuse's new collection represent a wide range of characters in settings as disparate as Niagara Falls; Lake Charles, Louisiana; a small town in Nebraska; and sixteenth-century Mexico City.

Here are stories about damaged women whose scars, literal and figurative, bear testament to the loves they've lost; about contemporary men unnerved by the messes they've made of their lives; about disrupted families, separated physical and psychological abysses. Cheuse's narratives display an edgy vitality underneath their surface gloss.

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