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A Good Scent From A Strange Mountain

Author : Robert Olen Butler
ISBN : 9780802193896
Genre : Fiction
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Winner of the Pulitzer Prize A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain is Robert Olen Butler’s Pulitzer Prize-winning collection of lyrical and poignant stories about the aftermath of the Vietnam War and its enduring impact on the Vietnamese. Written in a soaring prose, Butler’s haunting and powerful stories blend Vietnamese folklore and contemporary American realities, creating a vibrant panorama that is epic in its scope. This new edition includes two previously uncollected stories—“Missing” and “Salem”—that brilliantly complete the collection’s narrative journey, returning to the jungles of Vietnam to explore the experiences of a former Vietcong soldier and an American MIA.

A Good Scent From A Strange Mountain

Author : Robert Olen Butler
ISBN : 0802137989
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A collection of stories about Vietnamese immigrants living in Louisiana as they face love, loss, despair, and the challenges and conflicts of a new life. Reprint.

A Good Scent From A Strange Mountain

Author : Robert Olen Butler
ISBN : 9781843447610
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Robert Olen Butler's lyrical and poignant collection of stories about the aftermath of the Vietnam War and its impact on the Vietnamese was acclaimed by critics across the nation and won the Pulitzer Prize in 1993. A contemporary classic by one of America's most important living writers, this edition of A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain includes two subsequently published stories - 'Salem' and 'Missing' - that brilliantly complete the collection's narrative journey, returning to the jungles of Vietnam. 'Butler has not entered the significant and ever-growing canon of Vietnam-related fiction (he has long been a member) - he has changed its composition forever' - Guardian

Perfume River

Author : Robert Olen Butler
ISBN : 9780802190109
Genre : Fiction
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From one of America’s most important writers, Perfume River is an exquisite novel that examines family ties and the legacy of the Vietnam War through the portrait of a single North Florida family. Robert Quinlan is a seventy-year-old historian, teaching at Florida State University, where his wife Darla is also tenured. Their marriage, forged in the fervor of anti-Vietnam-war protests, now bears the fractures of time, both personal and historical, with the couple trapped in an existence of morning coffee and solitary jogging and separate offices. For Robert and Darla, the cracks remain under the surface, whereas the divisions in Robert’s own family are more apparent: he has almost no relationship with his brother Jimmy, who became estranged from the family as the Vietnam War intensified. Robert and Jimmy’s father, a veteran of WWII, is coming to the end of his life, and aftershocks of war ripple across their lives once again, when Jimmy refuses to appear at his father's bedside. And an unstable homeless man whom Robert at first takes to be a fellow Vietnam veteran turns out to have a deep impact not just on Robert, but on his entire family.

Tabloid Dreams

Author : Robert Olen Butler
ISBN : 9780802193643
Genre : Fiction
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A dozen ways the American Dream can go awry in “an unrepeatable . . . tour de force” from the Pulitzer Prize–winning author (The Washington Post Book World). “[With] touches of Italo Calvino, Roald Dahl, and Gabriel García Márquez” the Pulitzer Prize and National Magazine Award–winning author dazzles with his mastery of the short story, his empathy for eccentrics, and his ability to find humor and humanity in the extremes of the American way (San Francisco Chronicle). Using bottom-rack tabloid headlines as inspiration—among them, “Boy Born with Tattoo of Elvis,” “Woman Struck by Car Turns into Nymphomaniac,” and “Titanic Victim Speaks Through Waterbed”—Butler moves from the fantastic to the realistic, from the lurid to the transcendent in exploring exile, loss, aspiration, and the search for self. Along the way, we meet a wife who uses her glass eye to spy on her cheating husband, a widow who sets herself on fire after losing a baking competition, a nine-year-old hit man, a woman who dates an extraterrestrial she met at Walmart, and a furtive and mournful JFK who survived the assassination. Weaving a seamless tapestry of high and low culture as well as the surreal, sordid, and humorously sad, “Butler peels back the sleazy veneer of the sensational to expose characters who long for love and the healing comfort of human compassion” (USA Today). “Read all about it: if you’re frustrated by the way nothing much seems to happen in modern short fiction, you’ll find Tabloid Dreams a whole different story.” —The New York Times Book Review “These stories are masterpieces . . . a magnificent work of imagination, entertainment and humanity.” —South Florida Sun-Sentinel “Tabloid Dreams is full-blown American magical realism.” —Boston Book Review

Intercourse

Author : Robert Olen Butler
ISBN : 0811863573
Genre : Fiction
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A collection of short fiction by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author offers a revealing look at what goes through a person's mind during sex as he captures the innermost thoughts of such couples as Bonnie and Clyde, Adam and Eve, and Richard Milhous Nixon a

Had A Good Time

Author : Robert Olen Butler
ISBN : 0802142044
Genre : Fiction
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A collection of short fiction inspired by postcards from a bygone era and their messages offers fifteen pieces, including "Carl and I," "The Ironworkers' Hayride," and "The One in White."

A Small Hotel

Author : Robert Olen Butler
ISBN : 9780802195647
Genre : Fiction
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Set in contemporary New Orleans but working its way back in time, A Small Hotel chronicles the relationship between Michael and Kelly Hays, who have decided to separate after twenty-four years of marriage. The book begins on the day that the Hays are to finalize their divorce. Kelly is due to be in court, but instead she drives from her home in Pensacola, Florida, across the panhandle to New Orleans and checks into Room 303 at the Olivier House in the city’s French Quarter—the hotel where she and Michael fell in love some twenty-five years earlier and where she now finds herself about to make a decision that will forever affect her, Michael, and their nineteen-year-old daughter, Samantha. An intelligent, deeply moving, and remarkably written portrait of a relationship that reads as a cross between a romance novel and a literary page turner, A Small Hotel is a masterful story that will remind readers once again why Robert Olen Butler has been called the “best living American writer” (Jeff Guinn, Fort Worth Star-Telegram).

Fair Warning

Author : Robert Olen Butler
ISBN : 0802139566
Genre : Fiction
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Amy Dickerson, a star employee of a renowned auction house, falls in love with Alain Bouchard, a cultured French business mogul, but their seemingly perfect relationship slowly begins to crumble, forcing Amy to make a startling discovery.

From Where You Dream

Author : Robert Olen Butler
ISBN : 155584619X
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
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Robert Olen Butler, winner of the Pulitzer Prize in Fiction, teaches graduate fiction at Florida State University — his version of literary boot camp. In From Where You Dream, Butler reimagines the process of writing as emotional rather than intellectual, and tells writers how to achieve the dreamspace necessary for composing honest, inspired fiction. Proposing that fiction is the exploration of the human condition with yearning as its compass, Butler reinterprets the traditional tools of the craft using the dynamics of desire. Offering a direct view into the mind and craft of a literary master, From Where You Dream is an invaluable tool for the novice and experienced writer alike.

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