Guess again : short stories /

by Cooper, Bernard.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, c2000Description: 208 p. ; 23 cm.ISBN: 0684865866 :.Title notes: $21.00 2-2001Subject(s): United States -- Social life and customs -- 20th century -- Fiction
Contents:
Night sky -- Intro to acting -- What to name the baby -- X -- Bit-O-Honey -- Hunters and gatherers -- A man in the making -- Exterior decoration -- Graphology -- Between the sheets -- Old birds.
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From the O. Henry Prize and PEN/ Hemingway Award-winning author of "Truth Serum" and "Maps to Anywhere" comes a masterful, exquisitely crafted collection of short stories. <p> Bernard Cooper's fiction probes some of the most perplexing experiences of modern American life: the unpredictable nature of love, the riddle of sexuality, the intricacies of family relationships, and coping with loss in the age of AIDS. With his razor-sharp wit and unsparing honesty, Cooper peels back layers of the familiar, exposing the surprising truths that shape our lives.<p> In "Bit-O-Honey, " a middle-aged barber visits his estranged father on Halloween, disguised as a trick-or-treater; a young pregnant woman in "What to Name the Baby" negotiates life with her father and his elderly lover while traveling in a cramped Winnebago; and in "Hunters and Gatherers, " a Mormon couple orchestrates a misguided party game while hosting a dinner for the few homosexuals they know. <p> Whether Cooper is writing about a dying man's acts of vandalism, a divorce under house arrest, or a young boy's sexual awakening, his stories contain startling insight into the workings

Night sky -- Intro to acting -- What to name the baby -- X -- Bit-O-Honey -- Hunters and gatherers -- A man in the making -- Exterior decoration -- Graphology -- Between the sheets -- Old birds.

$21.00 2-2001

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Library Journal Review

An award-winning author (O. Henry Prize, PEN/Hemingway Award), Cooper presents us with a delightful collection of stories showcasing many of life's rites of passage. From first childhood crush, to burgeoning teen sexuality, to early twenties and beyond, this collection makes life's gains and losses starkly real. The theme of loss and/or betrayal by one's spouse is raised several times. In one, after the death of her husband, Libby discovers a detailed list of men in his papers. She then must face the loss of the man she thought she knew as well as the actual physical loss. In another, Ray deals with the mental deterioration of his partner, Cliff, long before Cliff dies, looking for the occasional glimpses of the man he fell in love with. While many of the stories are about loss, they are all about growth. A superior collection.DT.R. Salvadori, Margaret E. Heggan Free P.L., Hurffville, NJ (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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