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ISBN: 0684865866
Author: Bernard Cooper
Language: English
Publisher: Simon & Schuster; 1st edition (November 9, 2000)
Pages: 208
Category: Short Stories & Anthologies
Subcategory: Literature
Rating: 4.7
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His work has appeared in Harper's Magazi Bernard Cooper has won numerous awards and prizes, among them the PEN/Ernest Hemingway Award, an O. Henry Prize, and literature fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and The National Endowment of the Arts. He has published two memoirs, Maps to Anywhere and Truth Serum, as well as a novel, A Year of Rhymes, and a collection of short stories, Guess Again.

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Bernard Cooper's collection of short stories is one of the easiest and funniest reads you'll ever encounter. Words can't describe how much I enjoyed these 11 stories by Bernard Cooper

Bernard Cooper's collection of short stories is one of the easiest and funniest reads you'll ever encounter. This is remarkable not because Cooper doesn't have the literary talent. He has it in buckets. Words can't describe how much I enjoyed these 11 stories by Bernard Cooper. This is an exquisite collection of short stories that are so full of passion & humanity. They can be sad and heart-breaking but also very funny all at the same time. Book Format: Choose an option. Manufacturers, suppliers and others provide what you see here, and we have not verified it. See our disclaimer. This masterful collection of poignant and affecting short stories from the O. Henry Prize and PEN/Hemingway Award-winning author resonates with themes that transcend modern American life, such as family, sexuality, loss, love, and the specter of AIDS. Guess Again is a rich and eclectic collection of exquisitely crafted short stories.

Guess again: short stories. An award-winning author (O. Henry Prize, PEN/Hemingway Award), Cooper presents us with a delightful collection of stories showcasing many of life's rites of passage Читать весь отзыв. Bernard Cooper has won numerous awards and prizes, among them the PEN/Ernest Hemingway Award, an O.

Bernard Cooper is an American novelist and short story writer. His writing is in part autobiographical and influenced by his own experiences as a gay manitoba Bernard Cooper"s fiction and essays have received several awards. He has both his Bachelor of Fine Arts and Master of Fine Arts in art from California Institute of the Arts.

Like Cooper’s previous novel (A Year of Rhymes, 1993) and memoir (Truth Serum, 1996), his debut collection of 11 stories, most first seen in literary quarterlies, focuses on gay men in southern California. Night Sky sets the tone. As the narrator helps his ex-wife spy on her second ex-husband, Cooper doesn’t quite succeed in avoiding every easy opportunity for bitchy humor, but his real interest is in the emotional connection, deeper than friendship though no longer sexual, that binds this gay man and straight woman. Cooper also has a fondness for placing his characters in oddball situations. In "Hunters and Gatherers," the protagonist finds himself at a dinner party thrown by a Mormon couple. The wife had wanted to meet some of her supposedly straight husband's gay friends, but the party ends in disaster; ultimately the wife can't stand to be around gays because she says she can't stop thinking about what they do in bed: "That's the problem with homosexuals," she says.

I've written five books. The most recent were: The Bill From My Father," memoir; "Guess Again," short stories; "Truth Serum," memoir. My work has also been included in the Best American Essay series in 1988, ed. by Annie Dillard; 1995, ed. by Jamaica Kincaid; 1997, ed. by Ian Frazier, 2002; ed. by Stephen J Gould.

A collection of short stories covers the themes of family, sexuality, loss, love, and AIDS.

Comments:

Sardleem
Bernard Cooper can do no wrong.
Delalbine
Bernard's the real deal.
Wenes
The author of "Truth Serum," an astonishing memoir of childhood, presents here a collection of short fiction. The tone and voice in these stories are familiar from Cooper's earlier writing. He relates his tales in an introspective but not maudlin manner. Cooper can write about heartbreaking circumstances without self pity, pathos, or mockery. He takes an empathic stance toward all of his characters. The element of recall is ever present. Most of the stories relate an interesting circumstance and contain in the middle a reminiscence of an earlier time that is thematically connected to the present. In this sense, these short stories are similar to the memoirs Cooper has previously written.
Some of the stories have outrageously off-beat, humorous premises ("What To Name The Baby," "A Man In The Making," "Hunters and Gatherers"). They are rarely, however, written for out-loud laughs. Rather, they serve to explore human nature and emotional tenor. Cooper is particularly adept at delving into the warmth of romantic ties. His depictions of love relationships ("Exterior Decoration," "Old Birds," "Hunters and Gatherers") convey intimacy succinctly, clearly, and movingly.
The painfully raw, embarrassing awkwardness of budding adolescent sexuality is explored in "A Man In The Making." This story begins with a cryptic situation that unfolds into a cringe-inducing event that reveals so much about how alone young adults can be with their erotic impulses. The tenacity of personality, even in the face of deteriorating health, is demonstrated in the tender and clever "Exterior Decoration." Cooper's oft-visited theme of family ties sees endings and beginnings folding into and strenghening one another in "Old Birds." The varieties of domestic arrangements are considered in the highly amusing "What To Name The Baby." This collection of short pieces is a very fine book. If it is not as strong as "Truth Serum," it must be remembered that few books could be. Cooper is a writer whose work is becoming consistently rewarding and rich.
Kefrannan
Bernard Cooper's collection of short stories is one of the easiest and funniest reads you'll ever encounter. This is remarkable not because Cooper doesn't have the literary talent. He has it in buckets. What's remarkable is that Cooper's stories, at their core, deal with some rather heartbreaking realities of gay life in America: the ravages of AIDS, homophobia, men and women searching for or creating their identity within a culture that pushes them to the side and says, we are normal, you are not. Cooper tells us of the married Mormon who realizes he's gay but has been counseled by the church's elders to fight these impulses and seek the company of men. He decides to follow his advice and throw a party for every gay male he and his skeptical wife know. A man dying of AIDS decides to add color and style to his neighbors' lives by sneaking out at night and putting up tasteful porchlights, rearranging plants, and painting garage doors and walls. His partner is mortified by this artistic vigilantism and doesn't know how to stop him. Certainly, a couple of the stories are not funny such as "X" where we find a young man numbing his senses with drugs as he recalls his first touch with homophobia.
I was surprised to find that I had already read several of these stories in various literary journals over the past several years. Despite this, I enjoyed re-reading them and realized that Cooper is not only a fine writer, he is a master at describig the human condition in such a way that gay or straight readers will identify with the characers on some level. This is a wonderful book.
Dolid
Words can't describe how much I enjoyed these 11 stories by Bernard Cooper. I have read all of his other wonderful books (Truth Serum, Maps to Anywhere, & A Year of Rhymes) but this is by far my favorite. This is an exquisite collection of short stories that are so full of passion & humanity. They can be sad and heart-breaking but also very funny all at the same time. In other words, these stories have so many different emotions in them that you can't help but be moved and enjoy them.
In "Hunters and Gatherers", a Mormon couple have a party game while hosting a dinner for a few gays that they know. This couple is odd, and what they make their guests do is really funny. I was so touched by "Exterior Decoration" a story that dealt with Ray & Cliff's relationship in the face of AIDS. The story was so heartbreaking yet it was so funny at the same time. Bernard Cooper has a way of bringing out all the emotions you could possible feel, but when you are done reading his stories, you won't feel unhappy, you'll feel very satisfied & fulfilled. I wish I could tell you all about "Old Birds", but I can't! Wait till you read this, it is so funny! When I read this story my parrot was sitting with me, and looking at me like I was crazy, because I was laughing out loud so hard. What a story!!
Guess Again is unlike any other book you have read before. It gets my highest recommendation. Make sure you read this great book!!

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