Problems With People
“Pilanesberg” is from David Guterson’s newest collection, PROBLEMS WITH PEOPLE (Knopf, 2014). Guterson is the author of five novels, including the international bestseller, Snow Falling on Cedars, which won the PEN/Faulkner and the American Booksellers Association Book of the Year Award, and East of the Mountains. He also published two earlier story collections, The Drowned Son and The Country Ahead of Us, and The Country Behind.
The ten wise, extraordinary tales in his latest collection explore the mysteries of love and our complex desire for connection. Spanning wide and diverse geographies–America, Nepal, South Africa, Germany—they showcase Guterson’s gifts for psychological nuance, emotional suspense, and evocation of the natural world.
In these stories, we meet, among others, a lonely landlord trying to reach out to his tenants; a middle-aged widower looking for love online; an American Jew traveling to Berlin to confront his haunted past. Celebrating the surprises that lurk within the dramas of our daily lives, PROBLEMS WITH PEOPLE marks the return of a contemporary American master to the form that launched his literary career.
Joseph Peschel, writing in the Boston Glode said: “…this collection is worth reading for its portraits of and occasional insights into personhood and its problems.”
Publisher’s Weekly wrote: “Though Guterson’s characters differ in their ages, locations, and worries, all of their stories turn on the thin lines that separate friendship from acquaintance, and the strange from the familiar.”