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Robert Olen Butler - Author

About the Author

Robert Olen Butler is the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain, five other short story collections, sixteen novels, and a book on the creative process, From Where You Dream. A recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship in fiction, he also won the Richard and Hinda Rosenthal Foundation Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He has twice won a National Magazine Award in Fiction and has received two Pushcart Prizes. Reminiscent of Christopher Marlowe Cobb, Robert Olen Butler trained as an actor, worked as a reporter, went to war, and engaged in intelligence collection. In 2013 he won the F. Scott Fitzgerald Award for Outstanding Achievement in American Literature. He teaches creative writing at Florida State University.

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Other books by Robert Olen Butler

Paris in the Dark

Paris in the Dark

Author: Robert Olen Butler Format: eBook Release Date: 04/09/2018

With Paris in the Dark, Pulitzer Prize winner Robert Olen Butler returns to his lauded Christopher Marlowe Cobb series and proves once again that he can craft "e;a ripping good yarn"e; (Wall Street Journal) with unmistakably literary underpinnings.Autumn 1915. World War I is raging across Europe but Woodrow Wilson has kept Americans out of the trenches-though that hasn't stopped young men and women from crossing the Atlantic to volunteer at the front. Christopher "e;Kit"e; Cobb, a Chicago reporter with a second job as undercover agent for the U.S. government, is officially in Paris doing a story on American ambulance drivers, but his intelligence handler, James Polk Trask, soon broadens his mission. City-dwelling civilians are meeting death by dynamite in a new string of bombings, and the German-speaking Kit seems just the man to figure out who is behind them-possibly a German operative who has snuck in with the waves of refugees coming in from the provinces and across the border in Belgium. But there are elements in this pursuit that will test Kit Cobb, in all his roles, to the very limits of his principles, wits, and talents for survival. Fleetly plotted but engaging with political and cultural issues that deeply resonate today, Paris in the Dark is this series' best novel yet.

Severance / Intercourse

Severance / Intercourse

Author: Robert Olen Butler Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/10/2016

A Good Scent From A Strange Mountain

A Good Scent From A Strange Mountain

Author: Robert Olen Butler Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/07/2016

The Empire Of Night

The Empire Of Night

Author: Robert Olen Butler Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/11/2015

The Star Of Istanbul

The Star Of Istanbul

Author: Robert Olen Butler Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/05/2015

Intercourse

Intercourse

Author: Robert Olen Butler Format: eBook Release Date: 14/05/2015

What goes through the mind of a person while having sex? Acclaimed storyteller Robert Olen Butler turns his daring imagination to the intimate in this collection that both dazzles and probes. He lays bare the most flagrant, personal thoughts and feelings of fifty often surprising couples. The author's meticulous research reveals that these famous people actually did get together and, almost certainly (he wasn't there), consummated their relationship. Erotic, provocative, political and funny, each story illuminates the inner workings of these well-known people and also revels the delights, deviousness, and distractions of intercourse. Butler is at his most entertaining and insightful in this wild and engaging collection.Adam & Eve * Bonnie & Clyde * Pocahontas & John Smith * Richard Milhous Nixon & Pat Nixon * Walt Whitman & Oscar Wilde * Elvis Presley & Holly Singleton (admirer) * Princess Diana & Prince Charles * William Jefferson Clinton & Hillary Diane Rodham * Santa Claus & Ingebirgitta (elf)'Intercourse is glorious... a deeply empathic experience for both writer and reader' - Los Angeles Times'Beautiful and sad, chilling and hilarious' - Booklist

Severance

Severance

Author: Robert Olen Butler Format: eBook Release Date: 14/05/2015

'In concept, Severance is brilliant. In execution, it's even better - beautiful, hilarious, horrifying and humane' - Dave EggersThe human head remains in a state of consciousness for one and a half minutes after decapitation. In a heightened state of emotion, people speak at a rate of 160 words per minute. Inspired by this, Robert Olen Butler wrote Severance, sixty-two vignettes each exactly 240 words in length, that capture the flow of thoughts that go through a person's mind after their head has been severed. Here are the imagined ultimate words of famous and invented figures - Medusa, Sir Walter Raleigh, Anne Boleyn, Jayne Mansfield, and a chicken, beheaded for Sunday dinner.'Severance is a dazzling tour of history and humanity as told by those who have lost their heads. From the moment of death, we are given sixty-two perfect testaments to the joys of being alive. Robert Olen Butler has once again proven himself to be one of the most profoundly creative voices in fiction today' - Ann Patchett 'With Severance, Butler has one-upped himself... he has brought the dead back to life, through the limitless will of his imagination' - New York Times

The Hot Country

The Hot Country

Author: Robert Olen Butler Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 24/11/2014

Fair Warning

Fair Warning

Author: Robert Olen Butler Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/08/2003

'Perhaps my fate was sealed when I sold my three-year-old sister-' And so began Amy Dickerson's lifelong fascination with the art and exhilaration of the sale-Ambitious, winsome, and ceaselessly charismatic, Amy is the star employee of an auction house catering to the shopping pheromones of the rich and powerful. She turns the pitch into her creative art, using her abundant talents; wit, charm, knowledge, and above all an outstanding ability to read people and intuit their deepest desires. Her customers are intoxicated with love for the objects that define them and thrilled by the act of making them their own. And sometimes, such as when a mysterious man locks eyes with her as she give 'fair warning' before sounding the auction gavel, that object is Amy herself. From one of the most versatile and highly acclaimed writers of fiction, Fair Warning is a sweeping, fast-moving and alluringly intimate meditation on the possibility of love in a world where everyone must own or be owned.

Fair Warning

Fair Warning

Author: Robert Olen Butler Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/08/2002

Perhaps my fate was sealed when I sold my three-year-old sister... And so began Amy Dickerson's lifelong fascination with the art and exhilaration of the sale. Ambitious, winsome, and ceaselessly charismatic, Amy is the star employee of Nichols and Gray, an auction house catering to the shopping pheromones of the rich and powerful. She has turned the pitch into her creative art, using the abundant talents of a sophisticated woman: wit, charm, knowledge, and above all an outstanding ability to read people and intuit their deepest desires. Her customers are intoxicated with love for the objects that define them and thrilled by the act of making them their own. And sometimes, such as when a mysterious man locks eyes with her as she gives fair warning before sounding the auction gavel, that object is Amy herself. After years of fighting a smothering mother, a suburbanite sister whom Amy struggles to respect, a late father who never forgave Amy for abandoning the family business, and the ghosts of doomed relationships, Amy thinks she has finally found love in the form of Alain Bouchard, a suave and sophisticated French business mogul who aims to be Amy's new boss. It all seems perfect until unsettling signs begin to appear. Is Alain so different from Amy's alienated clients - connoisseurs who lose touch with the very things they pursue? From one of the most versatile and highly acclaimed writers of fiction, Fair Warning is a sweeping, fast-moving and alluringly intimate meditation on the possibility of love in a world where everyone must own or be owned.

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