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The Heyday of the Insensitive Bastards

Robert Boswell
Set mainly in small, gritty American cities, each of these stories is a world unto itself. A man’s obsessive visits to a fortuneteller leave him nearly homeless. Time collapses as two marriages slowly dissolve. And in the searing title story, a young man recounts the summer he spent in a mountain town, squatting in a borrowed house with a loose band of slackers, abstaining from all drugs (other than mushrooms)—and ultimately asking just what kind of harm we can do to one another.

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An exhilarating collection, as brash as it is wise, by one of our great storytellers

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Robert  Boswell
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Robert Boswell is the author of twelve books, including Tumbledown and The Heyday of the Insensitive Bastards. He teaches at the University of Houston, where he holds the Cullen Endowed Chair in Creative Writing.
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  • “Heartbreakers from a writer who knows how to do it right."—Kirkus Reviews
  • “Boswell, whose style and subject matter is somewhat reminiscent of Tobias Wolff and Robert Stone, is a virtuoso of descriptive prose.”Library Journal
  • “In this imaginative story collection, author Boswell examines the limits and losses of ordinary souls with technical mastery and profound sympathy.”—Publishers Weekly
  • “[Boswell] shows a sensitive and comprehensive understanding of the quirks that can shake a person off course: from fear, passivity and pride to external knocks and dings that are easier to spot, harder to fix.”—The New York Times Book Review
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