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Don't Tell Anyone

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Don't Tell Anyone

type:
Book
Current Status:
In Season
author:
Frederick Busch
publisher:
W.W. Norton
genre:
Fiction

We gave it an A

Best be sure your life is in tip-top shape before delving into Frederick Busch’s searing collection of short stories Don’t Tell Anyone, which treat the subject of love as though it were the backbone of a page-turning thriller. Busch’s writing is so poetically precise and refined, so unsentimental (especially given the topic at hand), that the alienation of his characters — mothers from daughters, fathers from sons, wives from husbands — is all the more devastating. ”Who is to say what shuts down a heart?” one protagonist asks. In these tales, Busch answers the question, brutally and beautifully. A