Someone to Watch Over Me: Stories by Richard Bausch

By Richard Bausch

Richard Bausch is a grasp of the intimate second, of the methods we search to make lasting connections to each other and to the realm. Gew writers evoke the complexities of affection as subtly, and few seize the poignancy of the surprising perception or the rhythms of normal dialog with such delicacy and humor. To learn those twelve stories--of love and loss, of households and strangers, of small moments and large epiphanies--is to be reminded back of the ability of brief fiction to delight and circulate us, to make us chortle, or cry. In those profound glimpses into the personal fears, joys, and sorrows of individuals we all know, we discover published an entire variety of human adventure, instructed with amazing strength, readability, and compassion.

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She said. “OK,” he told her. ” “That’s not the point, Benny. ” Sibyl’s father’s parents were alive and well, living in Detroit, and they already owned a Cadillac, though it was ten years old. ” Mattison said. Sibyl frowned. “I guess, if you look at it that way—yes. Them, too. ” “Well, I guess that covers everybody in the whole damn family,” Mattison said. ” “I don’t understand your attitude,” she said. “We could buy cars for the dead, too. ” she said. Christmases when he was a boy, his father took him and his brothers out to look at the festive decorations in the neighborhoods.

I make Thanksgiving better than this,” her mother said. ” Chip said suddenly to Eddie. “You always put things in a negative light. ” “I tell the truth,” Eddie said. ” “Whoa,” their father said. “Let’s just stow that kind of talk. ” “God,” Mattison said, standing, “listen to us. Look what this has done to us. ” For a moment they all regarded him, the one with the money. “It’s brought us together,” Sibyl said. ” “A little family discussion,” said her mother. ” Mattison’s father said, “Nobody’s being ungrateful.

One mile,” says Myra, sitting forward, reading the sign as it glides by us. “I never saw the mile post. ” “It said Glass Meadow. ” We drive on. We’re quiet now. On the left, as we come around another curve, is a novelty shop. There are bright tapestries hanging from a rack along the front. On the lawn are a lot of statues, looking like a gathering of little gray people and animals. Lionel pulls in. “Oh, no,” Elvin murmurs. “Stay together,” says Lionel. ” Elvin asks, sitting back in the seat. He’s apparently going to stay right where he is.

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