The Stories of Frederick Busch


Product Details

W. W. Norton & Company
Publish Date
6.38 X 1.5 X 9.48 inches | 1.89 pounds

Earn by promoting books

Earn money by sharing your favorite books through our Affiliate program.

Become an affiliate

About the Author

Frederick Busch (1941-2006) was the recipient of many honors, including an American Academy of Arts and Letters Fiction Award, a National Jewish Book Award, and the PEN/Malamud Award. The prolific author of sixteen novels and six collections of short stories, Busch is renowned for his writing's emotional nuance and minimal, plainspoken style. A native of Brooklyn, New York, he lived most of his life in upstate New York, where he worked for forty years as a professor at Colgate University.
Elizabeth Strout is the author of the New York Times bestseller The Burgess Boys; Olive Kitteridge, for which she was awarded the Pulitzer Prize; the national bestseller Abide with Me; and Amy and Isabelle, winner of the Los Angeles Times Art Seidenbaum Award and the Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize. She has also been a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award and the Orange Prize in London.


Showcases his mastery of the short story form...cement[s] Busch's status as an exemplary craftsman.
These luminous, risky stories by Frederick Busch make art out of the complications of everyday life. They come from a brilliant mind and a large heart, and their many pleasures and insights resonate long after the reading.--Hilma Wolitzer
Frederick Busch's short stories are wonderful things, composed by a fine and far-seeing intelligence that never averts its eyes. His is a first-rate inquirer into the sorrows of ordinary people living ordinary lives and all of it in stripped-down prose--not minimalist but nuclear. Any reader coming to these stories for the first time is in for a revelation: the work of one of the great storytellers of our time.--Ward Just
Frederick Busch faced every emotion with an open heart and tirelessly energetic language. Never unkind to his characters, he forgave inadequacy if it was genuine, an honest struggle. And of all the writers I can think of, Fred was the most impatient with inauthentic feeling. That richness of spirit, that passion and wit, made his stories indispensable. This book is a great a gift to keep his voice with us and to bring it to those who've never had the pleasure of hearing it.--Rosellen Brown
You can count on Busch's prose to be startlingly revelatory, and the brilliance of his sentences endures even out of context... this collection will make more people see Frederick Busch for the master he was, one whose talent for subtle impact was downright maximal.--Katie Arnold-Ratliff
Deserves to place this 'writer's writer' in the more widely read company of short-story masters like Raymond Carver and Richard Ford, with whom he is often compared.--Emily Rapp
A master craftsman.
[His stories] depict a range of small human dramas evoked with emotional intelligence and perfect pitch.--Amanda Heller