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I review Robert Bausch’s “In The Fall They Come Back”

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Based on a true story, “In the Fall They Come Back” is about a teacher’s experiences at a small prep school in Virginia…Ben tells his story with the benefit that a few years of contemplation and wisdom provide. He’s in law school as he recounts those two years of not just teaching, but “about caring a little too much; or maybe about not caring enough” about his teenage students.

Click the image below for my review in the August 28 edition of The St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

You can buy Robert Bausch’s In The Fall They Come Back at Barnes & Noble or at Amazon.

Written by Joe Peschel

August 28th, 2011 at 11:04 am

“Who’s in Best American Short Stories 2011”

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Here are the authors and the stories included in The Best American Short Stories 2011.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, “Ceiling,” Granta

Megan Mayhew Bergman, “Housewifely Arts,” One Story

Tom Bissell, “A Bridge Under Water,” Agni

Jennifer Egan, “Out of Body,” Tin House

Nathan Englander, “Free Fruit for Young Widows,” The New Yorker

Allegra Goodman, “La Vita Nuova,” The New Yorker

Ehud Havazelet, “Gurov in Manhattan,” TriQuarterly

Caitlin Horrocks, “The Sleep,” The Atlantic Fiction for Kindle

Bret Anthony Johnston, “Soldier of Fortune,” Glimmer Train

Claire Keegan, “Foster,” The New Yorker

Sam Lipsyte, “The Dungeon Master,” The New Yorker

Rebecca Makkai, “Peter Torrelli, Falling Apart,” Tin House

Elizabeth McCracken, “Property,” Granta

Steven Millhauser, “Phantoms,” McSweeney’s

Ricardo Nuila, “Dog Bites,” McSweeney’s

Joyce Carol Oates, “ID,” The New Yorker

Richard Powers, “To the Measures Fall,” The New Yorker

Jess Row, “The Call of Blood,” Harvard Review

George Saunders, “Escape from Spiderhead,” The New Yorker

Mark Slouka, “The Hare’s Mask,” Harper’s Magazine

Written by Joe Peschel

August 25th, 2011 at 3:42 pm

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I Review Fabio Geda’s “In the Sea There are Crocodiles”

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[Geda] admits, “this book must be considered to be a work of fiction… In the end, it seems a surprising authorial admission, because if we accept his premise that this is a work of imagination, it seems curious that Geda fails to do more with it.

Click the image below to read my review in the August 2, 2011 edition of The Boston Globe.

Written by Joe Peschel

August 2nd, 2011 at 11:09 am