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My hard bargain
Kirn, Walter, 1962-
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Walter Kirn (born 1962) is an American novelist, literary critic, and essayist. He graduated from princeton University in 1983. Kirn is the author of eight books, including Up in the Air, which was made into a movie starring George Clooney, and Blood Will Out, a memoir of his friendship with the imposter and convicted murderer, Clark Rockefeller. he has also reviewed books for New York Magazine and has written for The New York Times Book Review and New York Times Sunday Magazine, and is a contributing editor of Time magazine. In addition to teaching nonfiction writing at the University of Montana, Kirn was the 2008-09 Vare Nonfiction Writer in Residence at the University of Chicago.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Thirteen short stories set in the American heartland mark a disarming fiction debut for journalist Kirn. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Mormons play key roles in many of the 13 stories in this splendid debut collection. In ``Whole Other Bodies,'' two young missionaries in dark suits visit a troubled family and bring about a miraculous conversion. In ``The New Timothy,'' a young man returns from his mission in Korea with new priorities and an Oriental point of view. The title story features a family's move from Wisconsin to Arizona with a carsick dog, two restless brothers, and a Mom who reflects on the merits of the Mormon faith. Kirn develops strong characters in a few paragraphs; his settings and plots are also brought to life with a minimum of fuss. If there were best seller lists for short story collections, this one would deserve to be at the top.-- Dean Willms, Fort Collins P.L., Col. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.