In a Father's Place

In a Father s Place The short stories of Christopher Tilghman are set against the enroached upon yet still expansive landscapes of our continent From a Montanan widow who marries her ranch hand to the aging patriarch of

  • Title: In a Father's Place
  • Author: Christopher Tilghman
  • ISBN: 9780312155537
  • Page: 259
  • Format: Paperback
  • The short stories of Christopher Tilghman are set against the enroached upon yet still expansive landscapes of our continent From a Montanan widow who marries her ranch hand to the aging patriarch of an old Maryland family on the Eastern Shore, Tilghman s characters bring to life the trials and bonds of belonging to one another as lovers, as friends, as fathers This collThe short stories of Christopher Tilghman are set against the enroached upon yet still expansive landscapes of our continent From a Montanan widow who marries her ranch hand to the aging patriarch of an old Maryland family on the Eastern Shore, Tilghman s characters bring to life the trials and bonds of belonging to one another as lovers, as friends, as fathers This collection of stories, the author s first book, is a deeply American work composed with a keen sense of our past and our predicaments but also a celebration of our resiliency Writing in The New York Times Book Review, John Casey called In a Father s Place a wonderful surprise a beautiful book, making emotions as vivid and rich in perspective as a loved landscape.

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    About “Christopher Tilghman”

    1. Christopher Tilghman

      Christopher Tilghman is the author of two short story collections, In a Father s Place, and The Way People Run, and three novels, The Right Hand Shore, Mason s Retreat and Roads of the Heart Currently the director of the Creative Writing Program at the University of Virginia, he and his wife, the writer Caroline Preston, live in Charlottesville, Virginiacmillan author christ

    502 thoughts on “In a Father's Place”

    1. Here is my original review from the San Francisco Chronicle in May 1990:The best thing about ''In a Father's Place,'' Christopher Tilghman's wonderful collection of seven stories, is that it does not really work together as an impeccably fitted whole.Tilghman writes with precision, grace and an honesty that threatens to topple his astonishingly balanced storytelling. Yet he understands that a slightly mismatched batch of stories, as this is, has considerable rewards.The title story, ''In a Fathe [...]


    2. "In a Father's Place," Christopher Tilghman's debut collection of short fiction, was widely praised upon its publication in 1990. Reading it again after many years, it is astounding and heartening to discover how well this book has held up. More than just a very good collection of stories, it strikes this reader as an important milestone in American fiction, a book to which others must bear comparison. Tilghman's stories, set primarily in and around Chesapeake Bay, depict family members struggli [...]


    3. I did not like this book. I picked it up in one of those free book boxes because it seemed like several of the stories had to do with the eastern shore of Maryland, where I am from. But I wasn't drawn into it from the get-go, and only made myself finish it, partly because I kept thinking it might get better, and partly because I am a finisher. (I am always reluctant NOT to finish a book once I've started.) It never got any better. I can't say that any of the stories really struck me or even touc [...]


    4. It must be hard to be a short story writer. You just don't get as much attention as the novelists. No matter how brilliant you are, no matter how many awards you get, there's only so many people who buy short story collections and that group does not seem to get much larger. Not everyone can be John Cheever or John Updike I guess. That's too bad since this is a pretty good collection. If you have read a few literary quarterlies, a lot of these stories will seem familiar. The title story seems to [...]


    5. The title piece in this collection of stories is gripping, or at least I found it so. It concerns a visit home by a young man, who is bringing along the new love of his life, as told from the perspective of his worldly-wise father. The woman portrayed is manipulative and excruciatingly unpleasant, and the father's dilemma is how to abide seeing his son so smitten with a person who clearly is not making him happy. I thought it was exceedingly well-told. The other stories are nice enough but are m [...]


    6. This accomplished collection of stories highlights the experiences and feelings of men, particularly within marital and family life. While none of the stories send me into paroxyms of praise, I think Tilghman is a very good writer and, I trust, has gotten better with more recent books. I will look for them and will read them with interest.


    7. Some of these stories are quite powerful and poignant, but they are a bit uneven. As the title suggests, the stories are about (in one way or another) fathers (living and dead) and their children, adult or still young. As in life, the relationships are inevitably complicated, and usually on both ends.




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