Wives & Lovers Not unlike lit-study staple Raymond Carver, Bausch gets his hands dirty when he's writing. In three dramatic, highly volatile novellas -- one published for the… Wives & Lovers Not unlike lit-study staple Raymond Carver, Bausch gets his hands dirty when he's writing. In three dramatic, highly volatile novellas -- one published for the… 2004-07-06 Fiction
Book Review

Wives & Lovers (2004)

EW's GRADE
A-

Details Release Date: Jul 06, 2004; Writer: Richard Bausch; Genre: Fiction

Not unlike lit-study staple Raymond Carver, Bausch gets his hands dirty when he's writing. In three dramatic, highly volatile novellas -- one published for the first time -- Bausch plumbs the muck-filled depths of interpersonal relationships. His new story, ''Requisite Kindness,'' is also the weakest, though it succeeds in discomforting as it enters the lonely world of Henry Hutton, a ''coddled and spoiled'' middle-ager facing his mother's impending death. The thrilling ''Spirits'' finds a restless academic entangled in webs of marital deceit (his boss' and his own) that nearly destroy his career, while ''Rare & Endangered Species'' studies how one ordinary woman's suicide can affect both her closest friends and never-seen neighbors across town. These fascinating stories, written by someone who clearly delights in human foibles, deliver unflinching gut punches while remaining undeniably moving.

Originally posted Jul 16, 2004 Published in issue #774 Jul 16, 2004 Order article reprints
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