Fiction. "If these stories were mousetraps, we should all be mice. They are enticing and snap without warning, but the real surprise is their grace. The survivors escape a wee bit wiser, more alert, and creatively perturbed."—R. S. Deese"Robert Wexelblatt's PETITES SUITES are sweets for the ear and food for the brain. The author's fertile imagination offers scenarios, sketches, and movements for the mind on every theme and subject under the sun, families, artists, presidents for life, almost lovers, fading lions and hungry cubs. While the themes are stated with a musical precision, developments come smartly and the resolutions are sure and often subtle. A banker who knows where the bucks are hidden prevents a war. A GPS becomes the voice of wisdom. Odysseus confronts a different sort of fidelity. Wexelblatt brings a poet's phrasing to his verbal music and a philosopher's depth to his understanding of people, places, art, politics, generational angst, shameful survivors, and necessary compromises. You'll tune in for a suite, but you'll stay for whole program and you won't want to miss a note."—Robert Knox"The brilliant and inventive author invokes the structure of music in what is too lively to call a collection of stories. As I read, I kept remembering a favorite necklace made of antique beads: some glitter; some shine; some are inscribed with mysterious patterns; some are dark, all connected with invisible thread. Entering into the worlds of these stories is enchanting, invigorating, and often delightfully disorienting. Wexelblatt is a master of leading you down a familiar garden path to an altogether unexpected country. Read at random or from beginning to end. You will find yourself wanting one more story, just one more, and another and another."—Elizabeth Cunningham
Robert Wexelblatt is professor of humanities at Boston University's College of General Studies. He has published eight fiction collections, Life in the Temperate Zone, The Decline of Our Neighborhood, The Artist Wears Rough Clothing, HEIBERG'S TWITCH, PETITES SUITES, Intuition of the News, Hsi-wei Tales, and The Thirteenth Studebaker; two books of essays, Professors at Play and THE POSTHUMOUS PAPERS OF SIDNEY FEIN; two short novels, Losses and The Derangement of Jules Torquemal; three books of verse, Fifty Poems, Girl Asleep, and To See What I Have Seen, See What I See; essays, stories, and poems in a variety of scholarly and literary journals, and the novel Zublinka Among Women, awarded the Indie Book Awards first prize for fiction.