Tobias Wolff - The Night in Question

A fine collection of short stories by a contemporary expert of the genre. Wolff can be considered a successor to Carver, but to me he is lighter on his feet, funnier, more accessible, but also a bit less subtle, less poetic, and a lot less real. His stories often have more conventional plot twists, but the ingenuity of their execution is masterful. Especially 'The Other Miller' and 'Mortals' are well-constructed. Each story is exactly short enough to deliver the punch required of this type of fiction. Many other short story writers could take a hint from him in this respect.
Posted by cronopio at 01:03 PM, April 12, 2004