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After the Gold Rush [Paperback]

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Few writers can match Lewis Buzbee at capturing the American family disrupted by challenges from the outside world, or from within. These are powerful, moving stories of such families. Even when life conspires to tear them apart, Buzbee's families cope, they figure out what comes next. Though not connected in any narrative sense, the stories share a common thread: how to live after the disaster, after the gold rush is over and the gold has run out. Still, Buzbee's characters dream big and love deep, and each story in the collection is raw at the core, wholly memorable, and dedicated to the courage of loving.

Anchoring this collection is the novella An American Son, destined to become a classic. Here is a story filled with pathos and humor about a 17-year-old high school junior who, to the amazement and utter consternation of his parents, defects for a time to the Soviet Union and becomes a writer, returning eventually to the Best Westerns of America. It is a vehicle that provides Buzbee with a new leverage on contemporary culture, and a hip take on the writer's life.

Lewis Buzbee is a third-generation Californian, and has been writing since age 12. After earning his MFA from the Warren Wilson Program for Writers, he published his first collection of short stories, Fliegelman's Desire, from Ballentine Books. A former bookseller and rep for Chronicle, his book on reading and the publishing business, The Yellow Lighted Bookshop, is to be released simultaneously from Graywolf.

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Item Specifications...

Pages   208
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 7.9" Width: 5" Height: 0.7"
Weight:   0.45 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   May 1, 2006
Publisher   Tupelo Press
ISBN  1932195386  
ISBN13  9781932195385  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Lewis Buzbee is the author of "Steinbeck's Ghost," "After the Gold Rush," and "Fliegelman's Desire." He lives in San Francisco with his wife and daughter.

Lewis Buzbee currently resides in the state of California. Lewis Buzbee was born in 1957.

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The Cheever of NoCal  Sep 24, 2006
Cool, smoothly rendered stories involving characters with ties to NoCal whose middle class veneer hides true emotional journey. Like Cheever, the characters are rendered real on the surface, but swim in the river of their heart. Like Carver in the seamless pacing and ease with tragedy. A collection in the tradition of the great storytellers.
Subtle Prose that Spans Continents and Touches Hearts  Aug 9, 2006
What's not to love about this story collection? Buzbee's prose resonates in that Carver way where the protagonists never quite understand what's bugging them, but the reader knows, making the conflicts all the more compelling. A study in subtlety.

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