Cloudbursts

Collected and New Stories
Narrated by: Graham Halstead
Length: 21 hrs and 2 mins
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From one of our most acclaimed writers, a sumptuous gathering of his singular work in the short form - 45 stories, including seven entirely new pieces appearing for the first time in audiobook form.

For more than four decades, Thomas McGuane has been heralded as an unrivaled master of the short story. Now the arc of that achievement appears in one definitive volume. Set in the seedy corners of Key West, the remote shore towns of the Bahamas, and McGuane's hallmark Big Sky country, with its vast and unforgiving landscape, these are stories of people on the fringes of society, whose twisted pasts meddle with their chances for companionship. Moving from the hilarious to the tragic and back again, McGuane writes about familial dysfunction, emotional failure, and American loneliness, celebrating the human ability to persist through life's absurdities.

Cover image: "Sunlight in Park, June 10, 1917" by Charles E. Burchfield. Reproduced with permission from the Charles E. Burchfield Foundation and the Burchfield Penney Art Center. Cover design by Carol Devine Carson.

©2018 Thomas McGuane (P)2018 Audible, Inc.

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McGuane... I’ll Take You There

It’s what Thomas McGuane does best, and what you wish for in any good book. This series of short stories (each!) gently grabs you— and transports you inside another time, place, and plot. But McGuane’s writing style is so deft, it does it seamlessly too. His prose is so professional, so good... you also don’t trip over stiltedness, awkward sentences, or such truck. I stole that cliché from Mark Twain, because just now my mind told me, they’re something alike. CLOUDBURSTS is a long series of fun, interesting, different landscapes and small, life adventures. Enjoy the ride. I guarantee you will.

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McGuane’s short stories rival the best of his novels. Unity, intensity and brevity: the classic characteristics of a short story, and is a cloudburst.