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Waiting for the Evening News: Stories of the Deep South [Kindle Edition]

Tim Gautreaux
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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This outstanding collection marks Tim Gautreaux as one of the best short story writers anywhere...it is magnificently enjoyable reading (Annie Proulx, Guardian)

Tim Gautreaux deserves to be mentioned in the same breath as William Faulkner and Tennessee Williams. Scintillating...unforgettable (Mail on Sunday)

'This man is a wonderful writer . . . I can honestly say I love to read his stories. He never exaggerates, never manipulates the reader's affections, but nonetheless he always captures the heart.' (James Lee Burke)

'Startling and redemptive . . . These stories suggest . . . that to be alive means being open to grief and accident, chance and wonder' (Chicago Tribune)

'Finely balanced, sweet, and gritty' (San Francisco Chronicle)

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By the acclaimed author of THE MISSING and THE CLEARING, 23 scintillating tales of small kindnesses, big decisions and secret lives.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 523 KB
  • Print Length: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Sceptre (18 Mar 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003LPV5BO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #43,838 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.7 out of 5 stars
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Utterly amazing ....... 25 July 2010
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I've been a fan of Tim Gautreaux for a good few years now and i'd read all of his novels before getting hold of this volume of short stories . Of his novels my favourite is probably The Clearing but even that superb effort is put firmly into the shade by this utterly amazing collection . I didn't even know that he wrote short stories but it turns out that he's been at it for a good while , with great (and very much deserved ) success .
This collection is actually a coming together of two volumes (Same Place,Same Things and Welding With Children) which came out originally in America in the 90's. Here you get all the stories from those two editions (23 in all) for the price of one and i can assure you it's great value .
Tim Gautreaux is simply a master at evoking a sense of place and character , taking you into the lives of each and holding you enthralled , delighted to be offered a glimpse into these characters lives and very sad to come to the end .
It's very hard to pick out faves , i really enjoyed every one so i'll leave it to others to pick and choose .
If you enjoy writers like Russell Banks and David Gates then you'll love this but even if you've no idea who they are you will still get a lot from this , i'm pretty sure of that . Wonderful stuff , roll on the next one .........
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 23 CRACKERS 28 April 2010
By Alexander Bryce TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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O.K. I am a fan and Tim Gautreaux can do no wrong in my eyes [see my reports on everything he has written ].
I am not however a fan of the short story genre and I only bought this because of my love for the author's work . I was not disappointed . Here we have 23 tales all set in Gautereaux' beloved Louisiana , but all in their own way different although there is a common theme of struggle against hardship and loss with hope for better times ahead running through them.
An engineer in hiding ; blamed for a major train wreck . A failed father , out of tragedy , given another chance . A bunch of red necks forced by the weather to sit idle ; chew the fat during a card game with one tall tale taller that the one before .
All are engaging and so well written that they grab your immediate attention and hold it page after page .
While there are all forms of human drama , there is also much humour to relieve the tension and render this an all round great read and a must for fans of good story telling.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Deep South Stories 29 April 2010
By D. J.
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A book of twenty three short stories and each one a gem, stories that start with innocent characters from every day life (some maybe not so innocent) that build and develop into wonderful and extraordinary situations in and around the Deep South.
Tim Gautreaux is a great American writer, if you have never come across him before this book is a good introduction to his works
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Waiting for the evening news 26 Jun 2013
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A wonderful book ,evoking great stories of the Lousiana ,Mississipi, states .Humour ,terrible poverty ,crime ,hopelessness and hope are all there ,stories you don't want to end .
I thoroughly recommend this book to anyone who loves short stories-an art not everyone can master .
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rewarding read 23 Jun 2014
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I had never heard of this author until someone whose tastes in books are close to mine recommended this collection. I was far from sure that I would enjoy it, but in fact, the mixture of humanity and humour impressed me very much. I am so glad I decided to step outside of the box and try something a little different.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great short stories - very absorbing! 28 Dec 2013
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One of the things I like about short stories is the fact they can be read quickly, start to finish, with limited commitment. This book is perfect - a load of short stories set in Louisiana; some funny, some sad, some which end suddenly and all which make you ask yourself 'would I do that?'. There are some real laugh out loud moments in here - the bit where the young lad likens his grandad's biblical story to Conan the Barbarian had me in stitches. I am new to this guy, but will most definately check out his other work. Super!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good variety of stories 18 Dec 2013
By Beamo
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This is a very illuminating book of stories about rural Louisiana. The characters are funny and quite believable, I would recommend this book if you like oddball short stories
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5.0 out of 5 stars Such an evocative book 2 May 2014
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I love these stories, knew nothing about the writer, but the characters are so real and believable, and the voices so true. I think Tim Gautreaux really 'gets' the south, and one almost smells & touches it. Never have I read so many wonderful metaphors & similes either. Great stuff.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Not for me
Selected based on recommendations resulting from my reading list, but did not enjoy the style, I am not really a short story fan.
Published 4 months ago by Guildenboy
5.0 out of 5 stars a runner up to Cormac McCarthy and Flannery O'Conner.
Short stories - small bites of brilliance. Tim Gautreaux is a runner up to Cormac McCarthy and Flannery O'Conner. Super book, thanks very much.
Published 23 months ago by A. Forrest
4.0 out of 5 stars Simpel but beauttiful writing.
I am a great fan of Tim Gautreaux. I find the stories of this book inspiring and in some cases they reminded me of Graham Greene. Read more
Published on 11 Jan 2012 by R. H. K. Pohlmann
5.0 out of 5 stars A book about people.
Not read this author before and had seen opposing views on the short story angle.
I thought it would be a good way to introduce myself to his style and did not regret it. Read more
Published on 2 Aug 2011 by Mrs Pooladam
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
I am a complete fan of Tim Gautreaux, I have read and enjoyed his three novels but I would have hesitated buying a set of short stories as I am not a fan of the genre. Read more
Published on 7 Dec 2010 by Catherine
5.0 out of 5 stars geat stories
I have a couple of Gautriex's novels and I like them - this bunch of short stories is also a delight!
Published on 9 Sep 2010 by Kurt Brian Isaksen
5.0 out of 5 stars Style and Humour
I loved this collection of short stories and would recommend it to anyone who appreciates a writer with an elegant style and an ability to convey the beauty of ordinary life. Read more
Published on 2 Jun 2010 by Madeline Parsons
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