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We're in Trouble: Stories Kindle Edition
In this extraordinary collection of short fiction, characters wrestle with the moments in life that test us most deeply, in ways both dramatic and subtle. In “We’re in Trouble,” a woman is asked to end her dying husband’s suffering. In “Abandon,” a troubled young man must risk jail to do right by the only woman he has ever loved. And “In the Event” shows a young musician’s all-night vigil after he loses his best friends and is suddenly left as the guardian of their three-year-old son.
From a wife waiting for news of her husband’s latest death-defying climb to a sheriff thrown into turmoil after his close friend enacts a horrifying murder-suicide, this “uncanny, clear-eyed [and] wildly engaging” story collection was awarded the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize (Entertainment Weekly).
From Publishers Weekly
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Sometimes when you're reading these stories, you forget to breathe . . . They’re beautifully written, and they have bottom, but they’re never dull and they all contain striking and dramatic narrative ideas.”--Nick Hornby, author of A Long Way Down, in The Believer
Uncanny, clear-eyed . . . [Coake] is wildly engaging as he explores one theme--love in the face of harrowing death (or near-death)--from seemingly every angle. A-.”--Entertainment Weekly
- ASIN : B0110IO2RM
- Publisher : Mariner Books (July 14, 2015)
- Publication date : July 14, 2015
- Language : English
- File size : 1079 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 322 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 0156032775
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,008,936 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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After reading the first three, I noticed his acknowledgements to four women (mother, sister, his late wife, and current love companion/wife?)......the 10 year anniversary remembrance of Joellen provides meaningful context in appreciating how this author cares about what he writes about.....The author's work generates thinking and feeling with memorable loading........impressive.......
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Actually I have just finished reading We're In Trouble - the debut collection of short stories by Christopher Coake - and what a debut! Remember his name. Hopefully he will soon achieve the recognition he deserves. (It's also ample proof that attending creative writing courses need not necessarily be the curse they are often made out to be!)
I don't want to say too much about the stories themselves other than this: Once you have read them, you will think about them - again and again in my case - and remember them. The characters and the situations are utterly compelling and believable. The writing is spare but beautiful. Less is definitely more here. There is no obvious didactic moralising nor contrived and cold smart-arse post-modern moral relativism. You, the reader, are taken on a journey that allows for different character perspectives and points-of-view, allowing you to think about why the characters responded the way they did to the situations they found themselves in, or created for themselves, and others.
The most powerful story for me was the last one, All Through The House (how has Larry not gone insane? Or has he? I wanted to know more. I can't say anymore!) - but every single story is memorable, original, haunting and heart-wrenching. Enough superlatives!
Take a chance and buy, beg, borrow or steal this book. Best if you buy; it's Christopher Coake's first book so he's probably broke! I bet he wont be for long though. I hope he doesn't give up the short-story format completely and just go for the full-blown novel because stories this great need to be written..and read. So go on and do yourself a favour - it's only 11 quid - a bad Coldplay album costs more. I have never felt confident enough to write a book review before - and I probably haven't done this one justice, but I felt I had to as no one else thus far has written a review here.