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The beginning of this story collection starts with a quote by Penelope Fitzgerald: "If a story begins with finding, it must end with searching," and so we discover each story here to follow the arc of a search, just as each also contains a rescue. These stories surprise and stun though as it is not always clear who is the lost. Whether it be the story of a police officer who has been fired and suddenly finds himself in a position to confront a violent student, to that of a teenage nurse-aide who has just entered the folds of the adult world and is challenged by the ways heartlessness seems to be the accepted norm, Trueblood’s talent is conveyed in the demands she places on the reader—it is often up to us to discover the empathy and the understanding—to find the resolve and sympathy for those that are lost and just outside of reach.— S.M.C.
Praise for Search Party
"The diamond-sharp stories in Trueblood’s second collection dazzle...Trueblood tells these stories from unusual angles, with precision and a depth of insight and empathy that enfold the reader into the characters’ lives." Publishers Weekly (starred)
[Trueblood] excels at the vignette. Downward Dog,’ The Stabbed Boy’ and Street of Dreams’ are no more than four pages each, and yet they insinuate themselves with a minimum of detailthey resonate . . . Trueblood is a writer to follow.” Kirkus
"With each story full of wry humor, clearly drawn characters and absolutely exquisite writing, this is one best books of stories I’ve ever read. Valerie Trueblood’s latest collection is united by the theme of earthly redemption: in each someone is saved from what we think of as Fate. Brilliant. Not to be missed." Jane Vandenburgh