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Back in the World

(1985)
A collection of stories by

 
 
To American soldiers in Vietnam, "back in the world" meant America and safety. To Tobias Wolff's characters, Back in the World is where lives that have veered out of control just might become normal again. Unfortunately, the men and women in these gripping, pungent, and wonderfully skewed stories have only the vaguest notion of what normal is. A gentle priest finds himself in a Vegas hotel with a hysterical, sun-burned stranger. A show-biz hopeful undergoes a dubious audition in a hearse speeding across the California desert. An aging soldier is distracted from a night of philandering by a gun-toting neighbor and a suicidal enlisted man. As he moves among these unfortunates, Wolff observes the disparity between their realities and their dreams, in ten stories of exhilarating lucidity and grace.

Stories included are: "The Missing Person," "Say Yes," "The Poor Are Always With Us," "Sister," "Soldier's Joy," "Desert Breakdown," "Our Story Begins," "Leviathan," and "The Rich Brother."

Genre: Literary Fiction

Praise for this book

"Terrific...The magic of his fiction cannot be explained. It is the ancient art of the master storyteller." - Tim O'Brien


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Hardback Editions

October 1996 : USA Hardback

Title: Back in the World: Stories (Vintage Contemporaries)
Author(s): Tobias Wolff
ISBN: 1-4177-1934-6 / 978-1-4177-1934-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: San Val
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September 1985 : USA Hardback
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Title: Back in the World: Stories
Author(s): Tobias Wolff
ISBN: 0-395-35416-1 / 978-0-395-35416-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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January 1986 : UK Hardback
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Title: Back in the World
Author(s): Tobias Wolff
ISBN: 0-224-02343-8 / 978-0-224-02343-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Jonathan Cape Ltd
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Paperback Editions

October 1996 : USA Paperback
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Title: Back in the World: Stories
Author(s): Tobias Wolff
ISBN: 0-679-76796-7 / 978-0-679-76796-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Vintage
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September 1986 : USA Paperback
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Title: Back in the World
Author(s): Tobias Wolff
ISBN: 0-553-34325-4 / 978-0-553-34325-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Bantam
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Kindle Editions

February 2011 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Back in the World: Stories (Vintage Contemporaries)
Author(s): Tobias Wolff
Publisher: Vintage
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