A Hand Reached Down to Guide Me

By David Gates
Alfred A. Knopf, 2015, 314 pages, $25.95.


David Gates teaches in UM’s Creative Writing Program and also in the Bennington WritingSeminars and lives in Missoula and Granville, N.Y. He’s both a fiction writer and a journalist whoformerly wrote for Newsweek magazine. His new book contains eleven stories and a novella. He’sbeen called a “talented, witty, and emotionally intelligent writer.” His characters are well-educated and professionally accomplished but often disappointed in their personal lives—inmarriage, parenthood, and friendship. He writes, as a Boston Globe reviewer says, with “utterauthenticity.”

Book Cover: A Hand Reached Down to Guide Me
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