We're in Trouble
DescriptionThis 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.
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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.