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Tobias Wolff - Author

About the Author

Tobias Wolff is the author of seven previous books and the editor of The Vintage Book of American Short Stories and other anthologies. Among his honors are the PEN/Malamud Award and the Rea Award, both for excellence in the short story, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and the PEN/Faulkner Award. He lives in Northern California and teaches at Stanford University.

 

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Firelight

Firelight

Author: Tobias Wolff Format: eBook Release Date: 15/12/2013

A mother and her son dream of a life beyond their means in this classic short story by Tobias Wolff. "e;Firelight"e; tells the story of a mother and her son who are spending the afternoon viewing apartments on a chilly day in Seattle, Washington. The two have no intention of renting one-they can only afford to live in a meager boarding house. Nevertheless, they spend every Saturday wandering through apartments and department stores, dreaming of a different life. On this particular afternoon, their last stop is a beautiful Victorian home-far beyond anything they could ever afford. And for the first time, wishful thoughts blur with harsh reality as the son becomes entranced by the apartment and the life it represents.

Bullet in the Brain

Bullet in the Brain

Author: Tobias Wolff Format: eBook Release Date: 15/12/2013

The story of a book critic and his final thoughts from short-story master Tobias Wolff Anders is an angry, cynical man. A book critic known for his scathing reviews, he finds any excuse to dismiss, belittle, or insult. This afternoon is no more agitating than the next. Angers finds himself in a long line at the bank, waiting to reach a teller. Even after two men-wearing masks and carrying guns-take control of the building, Anders is unfazed. It's this behavior that lands him with a pistol against his stomach and a man screaming in his face. And when the bank robber, indignant over Anders' behavior, shoots the book critic in the head, his mind floats through the memories of his life, settling on one particular event.

That Room

That Room

Author: Tobias Wolff Format: eBook Release Date: 15/12/2013

In this short story by the masterful Tobias Wolff, a teenage boy learns the joys-and struggles-of adult life. Eager for independence and adult-like freedom, a teenage boy takes a summer job baling hay on a rural farm. Savoring the farm wife's attention and the extra change in his pocket, the boy feels like a grown man. The fellow hands give him a sense of camaraderie-Clemson, a fastidious boy who attends the same high school; Eduardo, a talkative Mexican seasonal worker; and Miguel, a quiet man and Eduardo's brother. One night, after working the fields from dawn until dusk, Clemson and the boy drop the two brothers off at the decrepit hotel they live at during the summers. Eduardo invites the men in for a drink and they all accept. But the room is filthy and reeking of mildew, and as angry words lead to dangerous actions, the boy must face the reality of his situation.

Awaiting Orders

Awaiting Orders

Author: Tobias Wolff Format: eBook Release Date: 15/12/2013

Sergeant Morse is a risk-taker, playing chicken with the potential exposure of his sexuality. Julianne is looking for her brother, Specialist Hart, not knowing he's shipped out to Iraq. In a surprising moment of tenderness, Sergeant Morse offers to help her, but whether due to fear of exposure or stubbornness, they might both be beyond rescue.

Her Dog

Her Dog

Author: Tobias Wolff Format: eBook Release Date: 15/12/2013

John didn't want a dog. He wasn't ready, he said. Grace, on the other hand, did want a dog, and when she brought Victor home from the pound, John made sure Grace knew it was her dog, her responsibility. But when Grace dies, John is left with just Victor and his grief, and he learns a new level of devotion.

Deposition

Deposition

Author: Tobias Wolff Format: eBook Release Date: 15/12/2013

Burke, a San Francisco lawyer, is defending a woman who has been disabled by a botched surgery. His client has a personal connection to Burke, and the trial happens to be taking place in his Ohio hometown, a place ravaged by fallen industries and greedy corporations. While taking a deposition from a particularly difficult witness, Burke calls for a break and takes a walk around the neighborhood where he grew up. A chance encounter with a beautiful woman sets in motion a series of events that Burke could never have foreseen-and is unlikely to forget.

Down to Bone

Down to Bone

Author: Tobias Wolff Format: eBook Release Date: 15/12/2013

A son sits at his mother's deathbed, hesitant to leave her side. He leafs through one of her old photo albums, remembering her abusive, estranged father. When a visit to a funeral home turns into a conversation with a beautiful, mysterious woman, he develops a deeper-and perhaps darker-understanding of his relationship with his mother.

Deep Kiss

Deep Kiss

Author: Tobias Wolff Format: eBook Release Date: 15/12/2013

When Joe Reed was a teenager, he fell so deeply in love with Mary Claude Moore that his parents threatened to send him away. Decades later, he's living a normal life with his wife and their two children; yet in the thirty years since he's last seen Mary Claude, he hasn't stopped thinking of her. With recent news of her in hand, Joe begins to understand the reasons for which he has never stopped loving her-and just how pivotal that time in his life had been.

Benefit of the Doubt

Benefit of the Doubt

Author: Tobias Wolff Format: eBook Release Date: 15/12/2013

While on a crowded bus near the Vatican, a man named Mallon-visiting Italy on business-feels someone reaching into his pockets, searching for his wallet. He elbows the pickpocket, seriously injuring the man. Driven by his guilty conscience, Mallon finds himself peering in on the life of an unfamiliar culture and learning more about the world than he ever could have imagined.

Nightingale

Nightingale

Author: Tobias Wolff Format: eBook Release Date: 15/12/2013

Dr. Booth drives his son, Owen, to Fort Steele Academy, where he hopes his son will thrive in a structured, disciplined environment that mirrors Booth's own upbringing. But after he drops Owen off at his new school, he's filled with a deep sense of doubt-about his decision to send his son away, about his childhood-and finds himself lost in more ways than one.

American Lives A Reader

American Lives A Reader

Author: Tobias Wolff Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/03/2010

Memoirs are as varied as human emotion and experience, and those published in the distinguished American Lives Series run the gamut. Excerpted from this series (called splendid by Newsweek) and collected here for the first time, these dispatches from American lives take us from China during the Cultural Revolution to the streets of New York in the sixties to a cabin in the backwoods of Idaho. In prose as diverse as the stories they tell, writers such as Floyd Skloot, Ted Kooser, Peggy Shumaker, and Lee Martin, among many others, open windows to their own ordinary and extraordinary experiences. John Skoyles tells how, for his Uncle Fred, a particular Hard Luck Suit imparted misfortune. Brenda Serotte describes a Turkish grandmother who made her living reading palms, interpreting cups, and prescribing poultices for the community. In Son of Mr. Green Jeans, Dinty W. Moore views fatherhood through the lens of pop culture. Janet Sternburg's Phantom Limb muses on the dilemmas of a child caring for a parent. Whether evoking moments of death or disease, in family or marriage, history, politics, religion, or culture, these glimpses into singular American lives come together in a richly textured, colorful patchwork quilt of American life.

Our Story Begins

Our Story Begins

Author: Tobias Wolff Format: eBook Release Date: 25/03/2008

Tobias Wolff's first two books, In the Garden of the North American Martyrs and Back in the World, proved how the short story can "e;provoke our amazed appreciation"e; (New York Times Book Review). In the years since, he's written a third collection, The Night in Question, as well as several other astounding works. Now he returns with fresh revelations-about biding one's time, experiencing first love, or burying one's mother-that come to a variety of characters in circumstances at once everyday and extraordinary: a retired marine enrolled in college while her son trains for Iraq, a lawyer taking a difficult deposition, an American in Rome indulging the Gypsy who's picked his pocket. In this potent new collection, as with his earlier work, Wolff displays his mastery over a quarter century, once again proving himself "e;a writer of the highest order: part storyteller, part philosopher, someone deeply engaged in asking hard questions that take a lifetime to resolve"e; (Los Angeles Times).

Systemtransformation in Der Theorie Und in Der Praxis Am Beispiel Russlands

Systemtransformation in Der Theorie Und in Der Praxis Am Beispiel Russlands

Author: Tobias Wolff Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/02/2008