Wives & Lovers: Three Short Novels (Paperback)

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Wives & Lovers is a collection of three short novels from the author whom the Boston Globe calls "one of the most expert and substantial of our writers."

Requisite Kindness -- published here for the first time -- tells the story of a man who must come to terms with a life of treating women badly when he goes to live with his sister and dying mother. Rare & Endangered Species demonstrates how a wife and mother's suicide reverberates in the small community where she lived, and affects the lives of people who don't even know her. Finally, Spirits is about the pain that men and women can -- and do -- inflict upon each other. These three very different works illuminate the unadorned core of love -- not the showy, more celebrated sort but what remains when lust, jealousy, and passion have been stripped away.

Praise For…

“Haunting and beautifully crafted, these three short novellas showcase Bausch’s skill at eliciting readers’ compassion...leaves you wanting more.”
-People (4 Stars)

“These fascinating stories, written by someone who clearly delights in human foibles, deliver unflinching gut punches while remaining undeniably moving.”
-Entertainment Weekly

“A first-rate collection of novellas that will break your heart and fill you with hope at the same time.”
-Denver Rocky Mountain News

“Superb … Bausch’s always deft touch seems to have become even more fine-tuned over the course of time.”
-Seattle Times

“Bausch’s emotional insight is staggering, and his talent [punctures] often-impenetrable battles of love and their aftershocks.”
-Washingtonian Magazine

“Bausch conveys a real perception of what e.e. cummings might call the power of life’s ‘intense fragility’.”
-Washington Post

“Short-story master Bausch probes the tensions that seethe in families...tempered by sensitive affection.”
-Kirkus Reviews

“A nice, brief introduction to this highly regarded American writer.”
-Library Journal

Product Details
ISBN: 9780060571832
ISBN-10: 0060571837
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Publication Date: July 6th, 2004
Pages: 240
Language: English