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What Happens Next



What Happens Next? Matters of Life and Death by Douglas Bauer

“These are some of the finest, if not the finest, personal essays I have ever read. With exacting and exquisite prose, Douglas Bauer achieves the truly remarkable here: he plumbs the heart of his midwestern family with brave and naked fairness, rendering his own mortality with a steadfastly clear-eyed and life-loving attention to all that is essential, our shared human frailty and resilience and those tangled but lasting ties that bind. What Happens Next? Matters of Life and Death is a masterful, soul-nourishing work, and I simply cannot recommend it highly enough.”—Andre Dubus III, author, Townie: A Memoir 

“This remarkable memoir-in-essays respects time but is not enslaved to it. Bauer moves in circular fashion among incidents that foreshadow later ones and recall earlier. It’s not a linear but a spiral history, which touches us and then touches again. As for the language: in each sentence each word seems the only possible choice. How easily the prose lets us read it; what artistic intensity made it that way.”—Edith Pearlman, author, Binocular Vision, winner of the 2012 National Book Critics Circle Award 

“In What Happens Next? Doug Bauer circles his own life, that of the farm boy who discovers cities, and those of his parents who didn’t, with piercing intelligence and lucidity. Whether he’s describing snow in Iowa or oysters in New Orleans, Bauer is a master of the telling detail. This is a beautiful book about mortal matters and the great lessons of time that are written on the body.”—Margot Livesey, author, The Flight of Gemma Hardy 

“A routine medical procedure is the starting point of this beautiful and original book of essays in which Douglas Bauer threads the story of his physical self in and out of the remembered and reconstructed past. The result is a gorgeous meditation on history, mortality, and love.”—Ann Packer, author, Swim Back to Me 

“Douglas Bauer’s prose is as bracing as clear, cold water, its depths stunningly visible from the surface. What Happens Next? is a work of extraordinary empathy and great art.”—Bernard Cooper 

“A literate, thoughtful memoir/essay collection from the heartland.”—Kirkus 

Short excerpt HERE

copyright information: University of Iowa Press, Iowa City, 52242 
Copyright 2013 by Douglas Bauer 
LCCN: 2013934854 
ISBN13: 978-1-60938-183-7 
ISBN 10: 1-60938-183-1

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