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Richard Bausch


Richard Bausch

Richard Bausch is the author of 12 novels and nine volumes of short stories. He is a recipient of the Rea Award for the Short Story, the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in the Short Story, a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Lila Wallace–Reader’s Digest Writers’ Award, the Literature Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the Dayton Literary Peace Prize for his novel PEACE. He is past chancellor of The Fellowship of Southern Writers, and his work is widely anthologized, including in Pushcart Prize Stories, The O. Henry Awards, Best American Short Stories and New Stories from the South. He is on the Writing Faculty of Chapman University in Orange, California.

Richard Bausch

Books by Richard Bausch

by Richard Bausch - Fiction

As renovations begin at the Shakespeare Theater of Memphis, life for the core members of the company seems to be falling into disarray. Their trusted director has just retired, and theater manager Thaddeus Deerforth dreads the arrival of an imperious, inscrutable visiting director. Claudette, struggling to make ends meet as an actor and destabilized by family troubles, is getting frequent calls from her ex-boyfriend --- and also the narcissistic, lecherous television actor who has been recruited to play King Lear in their fall production. Also invited to the cast is Malcolm Ruark, a disgraced TV anchor muddling through the fallout of a scandal involving his underaged niece --- and suddenly in an even more precarious situation when the same niece, now 18, is cast to play Cordelia.

by Richard Bausch - Fiction, Literary, Literary Fiction, Marriage, Relationships

When Natasha meets Michael, the stars seem to align. Although he is much older, they fall in love, and within months they are engaged. Shortly before their wedding, while Natasha is vacationing in Jamaica and Michael is in New York attending a wedding, the terrorist attacks of September 11 occur. Convinced that Michael is dead, Natasha makes an error in judgment that leads to a private trauma of her own. A few days later, she and Michael are reunited, but the horror of that day and Natasha's inability to speak of it inexorably divide their relationship into "before" and "after."