Wives and Lovers is comprised of three stories by a master of the short story, Richard Bausch, winner of the Pen/Malamud award.

Bausch’s thoughts on writing fiction accurately reflects what this book achieves: “…you put people into a context involving struggles that life presents us with, and you try to be faithful to how your subconscious tells you they react to those struggles, and then you go over and over it trying to be sure you’ve been clear and the prose isn’t too wooden or deadening and the whole thing, the whole experience is as palpable as you can make it.” 261 more words