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  • ISBN 0826211135
  • ISBN13 978-0826211132
  • Language English
  • Author Gordon Weaver
  • Publisher University of Missouri; First edition (June 2, 1997)
  • Pages 208
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  • Category Fiction
  • Subcategory Short Stories and Anthologies
  • Size ePub 1808 kb
  • Size Fb2 1658 kb
  • Rating: 4.1
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Gordon Weaver has long been admired as a fiction writer. This collection of new and selected short fiction provides a retrospective of Weaver's illustrious literary career, which has spanned four decades and earned him many awards.

Beginning with his first published story, "When Times Sit In," vivid, authentic characters enliven this collection. "Getting Serious" follows the life of a man who spends his summers in upstate Wisconsin, goes off to war and college, and then gets married. After losing his job and family, he retreats to his summer home to take inventory: "My wife and I never talked about our failing marriage, because it was too serious and depressing a topic and because, I suppose, we thought our failure would heal itself if we left it undisturbed long enough."

Selected as a Best American Short Story in 1980, "Hog's Heart" is the poignant tale of a celebrated college football coach who, without medical evidence, is convinced he is dying. Keenly aware of his fragile state, Hog sees each day as possibly his last. Ironically, when Hog feels his team has the momentum to finally upset the legendary Crimson Tide of Alabama, death presents itself.

The title character, Pease, in "The Good Man of Stillwater, Oklahoma," believes something is coming but that he is the only one in town who can feel it. The long rains, the toad on his doorstep, swarms of locusts, drought, and nits are all signs that "It" is happening. "I cannot sleep because it is happening, and I begin to think I understand why. This should make me very afraid, but I tell myself I am a good man, no harm will come to me." His obsession ultimately costs him his job and his family.

Three previously uncollected stories continue Weaver's theme of loss: of a friend to mental illness, of a successful life, of a student in a traffic accident.

With the compilation of these stories in one volume, the reader is treated to some of the best writing available today.


Four Decades: New and Selected Stories. University of Missouri Press.

Four Decades: New and Selected Stories. ISBN 978-0-8262-1113-2.

Getting Serious Gordon Weaver has long been admired as a fiction writer. This collection of new and selected short fiction provides a retrospective of Weaver's illustrious literary career, which has spanned four decades and earned him many awards.

Gordon Weaver has long been admired as a fiction writer  . Getting Serious Gordon Weaver has long been admired as a fiction writer. Beginning with his first published story, "When Times Sit In," vivid, authentic characters enliven this collection. Getting Serious" follows the life of a man who spends his summers in upstate Wisconsin, goes off to war and college, and then gets married.

When times sit in - Haskell hooked on the Northern Cheyenne - Wouldn't I? -. - Getting serious - Hog's heart - Ah art! Oh life! -. - The good man of Stillwater, Oklahoma - Whiskey, whiskey, gin, gi. . A prolific, prize-winning author of seven short story collections, Gordon Weaver offers a new collection that culls a dozen pieces from four decades of distinguished writing

Gordon Weaver has long been admired as a fiction writer. This collection of new and selected short fiction provides a retrospective of Weaver's illustrious literary career. A prolific, prize-winning author of seven short story collections, Gordon Weaver offers a new collection that culls a dozen pieces from four decades of distinguished writing. From sharply observed details, you can wring the characteristic poignancy from Weaver's writing. In "Getting Serious," the narrator recollects his youth and the celebration of a golden boy's return from the Army on a summery lake shore.

View on timesmachine. New and Selected Stories. Gordon Weaver's terrain is Middle America, and his protagonist is usually an unhappy middle-aged man. For many of these characters that unhappiness stems from the brutal contrast between what adolescence seemed to promise and the bitter realities that ensued in adulthood. Coauthors & Alternates. ISBN 9780826211132 (978-0-8262-1113-2) Softcover, University of Missouri, 1997. Find signed collectible books: 'Four Decades: New and Selected Stories'. Getting Serious: Stories.

In Long Odds, Gordon Weaver's latest collection, each male protagonist struggles . Some of Weaver's characters win in the end, some fail miserably, but all of their stories depict their confrontations with self and surroundings.

In Long Odds, Gordon Weaver's latest collection, each male protagonist struggles for moral and emotional strength to cope with a universe gone awry. Each of the eleven stories centers around a circumstance that is both ordinary and shockingly unpredictable. Each story lures the reader forward despite the potential disappointment and self-destruction that often loom just ahead for the characters. The father of a blind girl builds an elaborate Christmas light display for her as his wife watches with bewildered disapproval.

TriQuarterly Books/Another Chicago Press. Four Decades: New and Selected Stories.

Gooby Weaver (born 1937) is an award-winning American novelist and short story writer. TriQuarterly Books/Another Chicago Press. The Way We Know in Dreams.

Weaver is a prolific short-story writer (seven volumes, including, most recently, The Way We Know in Dreams, 1994) and, as this sampler of nine tales drawn from his collections and three previously uncollected stories makes plain.

Weaver is a prolific short-story writer (seven volumes, including, most recently, The Way We Know in Dreams, 1994) and, as this sampler of nine tales drawn from his collections and three previously uncollected stories makes plain, he's also an extraordinarily skilled craftsman. Weaver is a prolific short-story writer (seven volumes, including, most recently, The Way We Know in Dreams, 1994) and, as this sampler of nine tales drawn from his collections and three previously uncollected stories makes plain, he's also an extraordinarily skilled craftsman.

Talk about Four Decades: New and Selected Stories


Nirad
I have been an admirer of Gordon Weaver's short stories since I read "Getting Serious" (winner of the Best American Short Story in 1980 and included in this collection) twenty years ago. I won't say that it is the "best" short story I ever read - but I will say that it is one of the few that I have come back to again and again because of the way it speaks to me about life, loss and memory - the way each of us "fictionalizes" our past to make sense of it and how the dreams and aspirations of our youth collide with the realities of middle age. I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to meet with Mr. Weaver in 1992 in Stillwater, OK before he retired from his english professorship and tell him how important his work had been. Highly recommended.
Bodwyn
I bought this book because of the iconic story "The Return of the Boyceville Flash," which I presented in a short story workshop as an example of a piece of short fiction as finely wrought as a piece of furniture made by a master carpenter. The students learned so much from it, and I'm going on to read the other stories.