Short stories by Richard Bausch

An acknowledged Master of the short story form, Richard Bausch’s work has appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, Esquire, Harper’s, The New Yorker, Narrative, Gentleman’s Quarterly. Playboy, The Southern Review, New Stories From the South, The Best American Short Stories, O. Henry Prize Stories and The Pushcart Prize Stories; and they have been widely anthologized, including The Granta Book of the American Short Story, and The Vintage Book of the Contemporary American Short Story. The Modern Library published The Selected Stories of Richard Bausch in March, 1996. He has won two National Magazine Awards, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and a Lila-Wallace Reader’s Digest Fund Writer’s Award, the Award of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and The 2004 PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in the Short Story. In 1995 he was elected to the Fellowship of Southern Writers. In 1999 he signed on as co-editor, with RV Cassill, of The Norton Anthology of Short Fiction. Since Cassill’s passing, in 2002, he is the sole editor of that prestigious anthology. Richard is the 2013 Winner of the REA award for Short Fiction. Bausch is currently a professor at Chapman University in Orange, California.

Listing 5 stories.

After witnessing a wife wracked with grief stand over her husband's dead body, a priest is filled with anxiety at the thought of both his own and his loved ones' mortality.

After a lifetime of getting pummeled by his own family and wife, a man gets the last laugh.

A man racked by nightmares is blindsided by his wife's declaration that she was leaving him. He is left in confusion and rage.

An unhappy firefighter's wife plans to leave her husband, but when tragedy strikes she must decide what she's willing to sacrifice for her marriage.

An overweight elementary-school girl prepares for a gymnastics exhibition, but despite her best efforts, the movements remain far more difficult for her than for any of her classmates.