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For All the Obvious Reasons: And Other Stories
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Short fiction about the drama that lurks under the surface of our lives, by "a gifted writer" (The New York Times Book Review).

These nine distinctive tales explore the passions and emotions that we struggle with as we try to navigate our way through challenging realities. A woman living a marital shadow-life realizes that her long compensating heart has begun to decompensate in ominous ways. An affluent New Yorker becomes a hoarder to escape a future he cannot bear. A baby dies in a miasma of sibling resentments and secrets of culpability unravel. A construction worker and a bereaved young neighbor together find a way to exist in a broken world.

From the wild rivers of British Columbia to the cement jungle of Manhattan, Lynn Stegner pulls us from our own worlds into her own. With luminous particulars and in richly orchestrated language, these stories sound the vibrant, sometimes anguished music that composes human lives.
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Short fiction about the drama that lurks under the surface of our lives, by "a gifted writer" (The New York Times Book Review).

These nine distinctive tales explore the passions and emotions that we struggle with as we try to navigate our way through challenging realities. A woman living a marital shadow-life realizes that her long compensating heart has begun to decompensate in ominous ways. An affluent New Yorker becomes a hoarder to escape a future he cannot bear. A baby dies in a miasma of sibling resentments and secrets of culpability unravel. A construction worker and a bereaved young neighbor together find a way to exist in a broken world.

From the wild rivers of British Columbia to the cement jungle of Manhattan, Lynn Stegner pulls us from our own worlds into her own. With luminous particulars and in richly orchestrated language, these stories sound the vibrant, sometimes anguished music that composes human lives.
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      • source: Rick Bass, author of For a Little While
      • content: "The luminosity of Stegner's images and certain crystalline moments in these stories might remind a reader of the most powerful of James Salter's work. The blade-like deftness of the characters' interior pronouncements and realization--often coming with surprising and breathless misdirection--might remind readers as well of the work of Alice Munro: though the more I read of Stegner, the more I come to recognize not just her voice, tone, and style, but her own underlying spirit. There exists in her characters a veil between intent and action--the taut confusion of yearning."
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      • source: Alyson Hagy, author of Boleto and Ghosts of Wyoming
      • content: "In For All the Obvious Reasons, Lynn Stegner has assembled a fearless, formidable collection of stories. An astonishingly wise writer, she delivers tough, worldly characters to the brink of disaster and asks them what it is they wish to live for. They answer her, and us, with their bodies and their souls. This is fiction to learn from, and live by."
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      • source: David Huddle, author of Nothing Can Make Me Do This
      • content: "For All the Obvious Reasons is the most rewarding story-collection I've read in years. Lynn Stegner's prose is consummately rich in detail and deeply intelligent about the human sensibility; her characters are vivid and compelling; and her stories take turns and make revelations that will make you catch your breath."
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      • source: Rebecca Rotert, author of Last Night at the Blue Angel
      • content: "Like only the best storytellers, Stegner is a shapeshifter. She is so masterful with language and thought, one emerges from her stories as though from a thoroughly remembered dream."
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      • content: “. . . a psychologically compelling and indelible novel; Stegner's smooth, flowing prose style and dead-accurate descriptions (sometimes heartrending, sometimes wickedly funny) keep drawing the reader deeper and deeper into her story."
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        June 1, 2016
        Betrayal and confusion, denial and grief, new beginnings and old scores all coalesce in Stegner's (Because a Fire Was in My Head, 2007) incandescent collection of short fiction, in which she mines the uncharted territories of human vulnerability and strength. In the title offering, a young wife reconsiders the state of her marriage in the wake of a violent episode, while in Rogue, a bullied wife gives herself over to the power of nature to escape her unhappy life. In Mona's Coming, the dissipation of a man's prosperity in the aftermath of his marriage is witnessed by an old college classmate, while a young woman's start in business is jeopardized by the family friend in charge of her mother's estate in In the Not-Too-Different Future. Leaving an indelible impression on the reader's memory, Stegner's stories vibrate with a hint of danger, a discernible foreboding that the circumstances of her otherwise unremarkable characters are about to take a momentous turn. A fitting recommendation for fans of Lorrie Moore, Emma Donoghue, and Karen Russell.(Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2016, American Library Association.)

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From the wild rivers of British Columbia to the cement jungle of Manhattan, Lynn Stegner pulls us from our own worlds into her own. With luminous particulars and in richly orchestrated language, these stories sound the vibrant, sometimes anguished music that composes human lives.
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