Leah, New Hampshire: The Collected Stories of Thomas

Thomas Williams is not a particularly well known writer In his day, he wrote eight novels, won the National Book Award, but isknown for tying for that award which has happened a few years , with Robert Stone, a muchwell known writer His most famous work, The Hair of Harold Roux, is a strange book I have read about half of I am going to return to it , about a writer working on a novel while teaching future writers And this kind of subject matter, a writer writing about writers, o Thomas Williams is not a particularly well known writer In his day, he wrote eight novels, won the National Book Award, but isknown for tying for that award which has happened a few years , with Robert Stone, a muchwell known writer His most famous work, The Hair of Harold Roux, is a strange book I have read about half of I am going to return to it , about a writer working on a novel while teaching future writers And this kind of subject matter, a writer writing about writers, often leads to writers reading your work, and no one else I came across him because Stephen King has made several comments about him.Reading these stories, it s clear to that Thomas Williams is a wonderfully talented writer of sentences, but that his novels most likely got his best work Several of these stories are perfectly good, a few are great, and a few are completely forgettable The result then is an uneven collection that all take place within the same small town in New Hampshire But because these represent a forty year career, there s some inborn unevenness in the writing, and of course, he s not the same writer throughout the whole career And I make the comment about beingof a novel writer because for a writer who wrote eight novels, he also only published ten or so stories And in reading the introduction, he uses excerpts from a few novels to read out a relatively svelte 280 page collected stories edition.So while I am interested in copies of his works, I left this one at the coffee shop for someone else oh yes, goose pond is worth having this book personally i liked his novel hair of harold roux better it seemed author needed that extra time to develop what he wants to say and what he wants to say is beautiful and bittersweet usually about western men and their inner life. I enjoyed the Hair of Harold Roux so much, a while back, that I put other Thomas Williams books, and a few from his daughter, on my want to read list Seems I read his best work first Whipple s Castle was unreadable, and while this book of short stories was very well written most of the time, the stories themselves were sorely lacking in content I can see why they were never published before I m also sick and tired of EVERYTHING happening in Leah, NH, although it does remind one that this is I enjoyed the Hair of Harold Roux so much, a while back, that I put other Thomas Williams books, and a few from his daughter, on my want to read list Seems I read his best work first Whipple s Castle was unreadable, and while this book of short stories was very well written most of the time, the stories themselves were sorely lacking in content I can see why they were never published before I m also sick and tired of EVERYTHING happening in Leah, NH, although it does remind one that this is fiction Found while browsing the stacks at the Harold Washington Library One of my favorite stories the one about the buck in the department store That is apparently the most memorable one since I can t recall much else Nice collection with references to fictional town of Leah and New Hampshire y things. A posthumous collection of short fiction from an award winning author explores life in the fictional New Hampshire town of Leah This was a good collection of short stories however, I think a big part of why I enjoyed reading it was that I grew up in New Hampshire If you don t have a connection to the granite state, you might not find these stories quite as appealing. Leah, New Hampshire: The Collected Stories of Thomas Williams


About the Author: Thomas Williams

Librarian Note There isthan one author in the Goodreads database with this name This is Thomas Williams See also Paul Thomas


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