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Publisher's Summary

Tobias Wolff's first two books proved how the short story can "provoke our amazed appreciation" (New York Times Book Review). Now he returns with fresh revelations - about biding one's time, or experiencing first love, or burying one's mother - that come to a variety of characters in circumstances at once everyday and extraordinary. A retired Marine enrolls in college while her son trains for Iraq. A lawyer takes a difficult deposition. An American in Rome indulges the Gypsy who's picked his pocket.

In this potent new collection, the first in over a decade, Wolff displays his mastery over a quarter century, once again proving himself "a writer of the highest order: part storyteller, part philosopher, someone deeply engaged in asking hard questions that take a lifetime to resolve." (Los Angeles Times)

©2008 Tobias Wolff; (P)2008 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"[A]s good as anything Wolff has done...Wolff expertly uses irony and empathy to explore facets of contemporary life." (Publishers Weekly)

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  • chris
  • las vegas, NV, United States
  • 04-11-08


I have very little experience reading Tobias Wolfe. I tried "Old School" a few years back, but got bored with it. However I gave this collection of short stories a shot and am glad I did. What amazes me is how different each story is. Its almost as if a different person wrote each story. They are all very engrossing and have strong characters. I enjoyed this audio and will definitely listen to it again in the future

19 of 19 people found this review helpful

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Wonderful stories and a good reader

I loved this book. My only complaint is that they should have included five or ten second gaps between the stories. One story ends and then you immediately hear the title for the next story.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Troubling, funny stories that deserve better

If you could sum up Our Story Begins in three words, what would they be?

Surprising, puzzling, long-lived in my head.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

The narrator was OK but seemed to be totally off on his inflections in some stories. Not enough to ruin the stories, tho.

Any additional comments?

A book you will want to save in your library forever.

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