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Who Will Hear Your Secrets? by Robley Wilson


Who Will Hear Your Secrets? by Robley Wilson

A federal agent quits his job after his warning about a terrorist attack goes unheeded. A woman fleeing her abusive lover realizes her safety will forever be cruelly out of reach. An American visitor to Ireland learns that he will always be too much of an outsider to understand the country's politics and cultures. In the world of Who Will Hear Your Secrets? fragile human relationships are marked by lies, betrayals, suppressed memories, and rare moments of joy. Whether examining broken communications between lovers or the misunderstandings that destroy old friendships, these stories concern the issues that divide us, in a world where the present is haunted and sometimes overpowered by the past, and the future holds only the possibility-never the assurance-of forgiveness. This is Robley Wilson's sixth story collection. Speaking of his first collection, Kurt Vonnegut said, His writing is an admirable demonstration of the continuing vitality of the short story form, and handsome proof that we are not mistaken when we continue, with Mr. Wilson, to love it so.


Each story is expertly constructed, offering the comforts of a piece of handcrafted furniture. -- Sam Sacks Wall Street Journal For decades, Robley Wilson has been one of our finest short story writers; this volume of sly, subtle tales will show you why. Reader's Digest A masterful writer knowledgeable of his characters
deepest needs and sympathetic to their plight

. -- Anthony Bukoski Minneapolis Star Tribune Pitch-perfect. Publishers Weekly

About the Author

Winner of the Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize and the Drue Heinz Literature Prize, Robley Wilson was a Guggenheim Fellow in fiction and a Nicholl Fellow in screenwriting. He has taught writing at Valparaiso University and the University of Northern Iowa. From 1969 to 2000 he edited the North American Review. Among his numerous collections of poetry and short fiction is The Book of Lost Fathers: Stories, also published by Johns Hopkins.

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Publication date

28th February 2012


Robley Wilson

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Johns Hopkins University Press


222 pages


Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
Short stories



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