Cloudbursts: Collected and New Stories


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Knopf Publishing Group
Publish Date
6.4 X 1.8 X 9.4 inches | 2.0 pounds

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About the Author

THOMAS McGUANE lives on a ranch in McLeod, Montana. He is the author of ten novels, three works of nonfiction, and three previous collections of stories, To Skin a Cat, Gallatin Canyon, and Crow Fair.


"Dazzling... Potent... Cleareyed... There's so much to praise and parse... The stories are uniformly brilliant... Would it be ludicrous to list, say, 20 of them as favorites?... McGuane has emerged a master of the short story... Cloudbursts is clearly the product of a life's worth of thought and feeling and experience; it ought to be savored. That said, if you find yourself tearing through the book like a flash flood washing out a dirt road, I say go for it. You can always reread later, and you probably will."
--Justin Taylor, The New York Times Book Review

"Wonderful, essential . . . compelling and often astonishing. The stakes always feel high (characters can die and do die), and there's no such thing as a not-funny McGuane story. The result is a continuous succession of storytelling delights."
--Gabe Habash, The Los Angeles Times

"[An] outstanding career-capping volume,, Brief, stormy, and refreshing, McGuane's stories erupt like the namesake of this marvelous collection."
--Publishers Weekly (starred, boxed review)

"Powerful... Damn funny... McGuane is a master, choosing his words with a lapidary's precision and setting them in sentences that burn brightly, finishing his stories with epiphanies to treasure...One of our finest living short-story writers."
--Booklist (starred review)

"A career-spanning collection of short stories from McGuane, who's observed America's outskirts with equal measures of pathos and humor...Putting all these stories in one place also spotlights the evolution of his prose over time. In his early stories, he could pull off a Cheever-esque domestic drama like "The Millionaire," about a family secreting away their pregnant teenage daughter at a summer home...The newer stories, by contrast, are at once sturdier and more sensitive...A stellar writer on the outdoors who's gotten better at describing interior wildernesses over time."
--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)