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Children in the Woods [Paperback]

Frederick Busch
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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Jan. 24 1995
"Powerful . . . Fiction of a very high order . . . Frederick Busch at his best."
-- Los Angeles Times Book Review
"[These] provocative tales center around relationships gone awry, families grappling with loss, and lonely men and women struggling with remnants of love . . . . What Busch ultimately serves is a heady and rewarding brew made up of people as real as ourselves, groping for and sometimes even discovering the comforts of love."
-- USA Today
"Memorable . . . [The] stories leap off the page with astonishing resilience and vigor. . . . Busch is a chronicler of domestic manners whose insights into family hierarchies transcend the factual to attain poetry and truth."
-- The Boston Globe

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"Powerful . . . Fiction of a very high order . . . Frederick Busch at his best."
--Los Angeles Times Book Review

"[These] provocative tales center around relationships gone awry, families grappling with loss, and lonely men and women struggling with remnants of love . . . . What Busch ultimately serves is a heady and rewarding brew made up of people as real as ourselves, groping for and sometimes even discovering the comforts of love."
--USA Today

"Memorable . . . [The] stories leap off the page with astonishing resilience and vigor. . . . Busch is a chronicler of domestic manners whose insights into family hierarchies transcend the factual to attain poetry and truth."
--The Boston Globe

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"Powerful . . . Fiction of a very high order . . . Frederick Busch at his best."
--Los Angeles Times Book Review

"[These] provocative tales center around relationships gone awry, families grappling with loss, and lonely men and women struggling with remnants of love . . . . What Busch ultimately serves is a heady and rewarding brew made up of people as real as ourselves, groping for and sometimes even discovering the comforts of love."
--USA Today

"Memorable . . . [The] stories leap off the page with astonishing resilience and vigor. . . . Busch is a chronicler of domestic manners whose insights into family hierarchies transcend the factual to attain poetry and truth."
--The Boston Globe


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5.0 out of 5 stars masterful Dec 21 2001
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Yes, there is an eerie quality to these stories, the kind that lies just past the happily-ever-after of so many fairy tales. It is with beautiful prose, a clear eye, and often affecting poignance that Busch expresses the small and large cruelties his characters inflict upon each other, sometimes in the name of love, and sometimes not. Busch masters the complex emotions in these stories without sentimentality or cynicism. This is a wonderful and necessary piece for any literary fiction collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars dark April 9 2001
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
It has been quite some time since I read this book, but I do remember how powerful the writing is. References to fairy tales are woven throughout these stories, and, as you know, fairy tales can be rather frightening. Giving this book only one star demonstrates one of two things: the reader should be reading only feel-good books, or the reader completely missed the point.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Gloomy Feb. 24 2001
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
This is a gloomy collection of stories about difficult relationships. Most of the stories are written in the first person, and are to do with infidelities, disappointments and betrayal. There are a few odd themes: sump pumps, wells. The author is at his most touching when writing about dogs: shades of JM Coetzee. There is not a trace of humor in this sour book. Many of the stories are located in upstate New York, a part of the country I will now never visit.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Selected stories from a master April 8 2006
By James Biques - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This collection was published in 1994 and features about two decades worth of selected stories from the beginning and (what is now the) midpoint of Busch's career. Stories to be read slowly and savored. Busch was a fearlessly observant writer, with the lyrical gifts to express the joys and sorrows of emotional relationships without ever succumbing to morbidity or self-pity. Naturally such a brooding worldview was never rewarded commercially, and Busch's passing in late February of this year received only a fraction of the notice granted at about the same time to Dan Brown's "Da Vinci Code" trial in London. Don't make that mistake; treat yourself to this excellent introduction to his work. Best stories here, in my opinion: The Trouble with Being Food, Critics, Stand and be Recognized, Ralph the Duck, Folk Tales, The Page, Berceuse.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars masterful Dec 21 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Yes, there is an eerie quality to these stories, the kind that lies just past the happily-ever-after of so many fairy tales. It is with beautiful prose, a clear eye, and often affecting poignance that Busch expresses the small and large cruelties his characters inflict upon each other, sometimes in the name of love, and sometimes not. Busch masters the complex emotions in these stories without sentimentality or cynicism. This is a wonderful and necessary piece for any literary fiction collection.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars dark April 9 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
It has been quite some time since I read this book, but I do remember how powerful the writing is. References to fairy tales are woven throughout these stories, and, as you know, fairy tales can be rather frightening. Giving this book only one star demonstrates one of two things: the reader should be reading only feel-good books, or the reader completely missed the point.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars About the Author Feb. 27 2006
By Shirley Mills - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Reviewers: For your information "Frederick Busch, who wrote 27 books, died February 23, 2006. He was 64 and lived in Shelburne, NY."

Taken from the Boston Globe.
0 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Gloomy Feb. 24 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This is a gloomy collection of stories about difficult relationships. Most of the stories are written in the first person, and are to do with infidelities, disappointments and betrayal. There are a few odd themes: sump pumps, wells. The author is at his most touching when writing about dogs: shades of JM Coetzee. There is not a trace of humor in this sour book. Many of the stories are located in upstate New York, a part of the country I will now never visit.
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