Guess Again: Short Stories (Paperback)

Short Stories

By Bernard Cooper

Simon & Schuster, 9780743249409, 208pp.

Publication Date: February 28, 2006



Guess Again is a rich and eclectic collection of exquisitely crafted short stories. Written with unsparing honesty, these stories vividly illustrate love's complexities, the intricacies of family relationships, struggles with sexual identity, and the specter of AIDS.

Whether chronicling a dying man's acts of vandalism, a divorcee under house arrest, a Mormon couple's potluck dinner for their few homosexual acquaintances, or a young Los Angeles boy's sexual awakening, the stories in Guess Again are full of wit, subtlety, and emotional generosity.

Praise For Guess Again: Short Stories

"Funny but not jokey, moral but not preachy, Bernard Cooper's stories reflect a great sense of humor and a bottomless reserve of humanity." -- David Sadaris

"Funny, compassionate, wistful . . . Cooper has a voice that is fluid and engaging." -- Charles Wilson, The New York Times Book Review

"Wonderful . . . [Cooper's] delicate use of humor, sympathy, and humanity makes Guess Again a wonderful addition to the short-story canon." -- Scott W. Helman, The Boston Globe

"Gentle humor and wonder at the variety of directions life can go lurk in the crevices and secret corners of these stories." -- Susan Salter Reynolds, Los Angeles Times