From the O Henry Prize and PEN Hemingway Award winning author of Truth Serum and Maps to Anywhere comes a masterful, exquisitely crafted collection of short stories Bernard Cooper s fiction probes some of the most perplexing experiences of modern American life the unpredictable nature of love, the riddle of sexuality, the intricacies of family relationships, and coping with loss in the age of AIDS With his razor sharp wit and unsparing honesty, Cooper peels back layers of the familiar, exposing the surprising truths that shape our livesIn Bit O Honey, a middle aged barber visits his estranged father on Halloween, disguised as a trick or treater a young pregnant woman in What to Name the Baby negotiates life with her father and his elderly lover while traveling in a cramped Winnebago and in Hunters and Gatherers, a Mormon couple orchestrates a misguided party game while hosting a dinner for the few homosexuals they knowWhether Cooper is writing about a dying man s acts of vandalism, a divorce under house arrest, or a young boy s sexual awakening, his stories contain startling insight into the workings of the human heart Resonant and often hilarious, the stories in Guess Again are unlike any you have read before


10 thoughts on “Guess Again

  1. Nick Rueth Nick Rueth says:

    I read most of the stories All pretty good, but not exquisite 3.5 stars The prose was really nice, full of interesting metaphors and uncanny emotions Worth a read.


  2. Patricia Patricia says:

    I m extremely fond of Bernard Cooper s non fiction essays He brings the same startling twists and or viewpoint to these stories as he does to his essays Each story revealed a deep understanding of the vagaries of human experience Graphology dipped into the particular pain of widowhood with the decidedly poignant twist of a widow s discovery of her husband s long term sexual deceit In What to Name the Baby, Cooper explores the nature of family Every story includes a gay man or men with a I m extremely fond of Bernard Cooper s non fiction essays He brings the same startling twists and or viewpoint to these stories as he does to his essays Each story revealed a deep understanding of the vagaries of human experience Graphology dipped into the particular pain of widowhood with the decidedly poignant twist of a widow s discovery of her husband s long term sexual deceit In What to Name the Baby, Cooper explores the nature of family Every story includes a gay man or men with accompanying experiences that are unfamiliar to this female lesbian reader This lent and area of surprise to every story Cooper is a masterful story teller whose use of language is endlessly interesting


  3. Berry Berry says:

    Pretty straightforward stories, clean and bright prose, humanly and funny Funniest part in the book in the story What to Name the Baby, there s a lapdog in a dog shelter that s fallen from grace Just a few sentences, but I was rolling.


  4. Charlene Charlene says:

    short stories funny and touching at the same time, a unique mix that gives you a glimpse into the lives of these characters.


  5. Cynthia Cynthia says:

    Funny short stories without being goofy Poignant.


  6. George George says:

    So far I ve just read one story A Man in the Making Very smooth prose I m looking forward to the rest Oh, and my copy is autographed Silly bookstore didn t even realise.