Short stories by Tim Gautreaux

Born and raised in Louisiana, Tim Gautreaux lives there still with his family. His stories have been published in Harper's, the Atlantic Monthly, GQ, Zoetrope, Prize Stories: The O. Henry Awards, and Best American Short Stories, and collected in two volumes. Acclaimed as 'one of the best writers to have emerged in the 1990s' by Kirkus Reviews, his first novel, THE NEXT STEP IN THE DANCE, won the 1999 SEBA Book Award, and was followed in 2003 by the highly acclaimed THE CLEARING. In 2005, he was awarded the John Dos Passos Prize. His latest novel, THE MISSING, was published in 2009.

Listing 5 stories.

A priest struggling with addiction must choose between serving the will of his congregants and following the law.

After his grandson gets fired from yet another job, an old man watches the boy resort to a deceitful scheme in order to make money, causing tension to run rampant through the household.

When a pipe repairman visits a Louisiana ranch during the droughts of the Great Depression, he encounters a recently widowed woman with dreams of exploring the country and a suspicious past.

A piano tuner visits the home of a middle aged Creole woman who is struggling to move on from her parents’ death after having spent a majority of her youth looking after them. Over the course of multiple visits, the piano tuner convinces her to seek treatment for her depression.

A poor, elderly Louisiana man confronts his responsibility to his grandchildren, his mistakes with their parents, and his own past when a cruel word on the street catches him off guard.