We're in Trouble

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Description

This book begins with We're in Trouble, a suite of three stories that introduces its common theme: love darkening and persevering as it is tried by the cold fact of death. And in the vivid stories that follow, as Coake's unforgettable characters experience love staring at the face of death, it elicits either the best or the worst in them. From a wife waiting for news of her husband's latest death-defying climb to a sheriff thrown into turmoil after his close friend enacts a horrifying murder-suicide, Coake makes us feel the truth of his imperiled characters' lives and transforms it into cathartic art.

With the complexity, depth, and narrative drive of a novel, this extraordinary debut collection is at once suspenseful, empathic, and almost unbearably moving.

Product Details

Price
$18.95
Publisher
Mariner Books
Publish Date
April 03, 2006
Pages
306
Dimensions
5.2 X 0.8 X 7.9 inches | 0.75 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9780156032773
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About the Author

Christopher Coake is the author of We're in Trouble, which was chosen for the 2005 PEN/Bingham Award. In addition, he was among Granta's Best of Young American Novelists in 2007, and his stories have been published in several literary journals. A native Hoosier, he received his MFA in fiction from Ohio State University. He now lives in Reno, where he teaches creative writing at the University of Nevada.

Reviews

PRAISE FOR WE'RE IN TROUBLE

"Sometimes when you're reading these stories, you forget to breathe . . . They're beautifully written, and they have bottom, but they're never dull and they all contain striking and dramatic narrative ideas."--Nick Hornby, author of A Long Way Down, in The Believer

"Uncanny, clear-eyed . . . [Coake] is wildly engaging as he explores one theme--love in the face of harrowing death (or near-death)--from seemingly every angle. A-."--Entertainment Weekly