The Bar at Twilight


288 pages

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ISBN: 9781954276031


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“Engrossing. . . . Tuten’s prose is always vital, often dazzling. . . . The Bar at Twilight is neither normative nor predictable, and it bears the firm impress of the soul.”

New York Times Book Review

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“Scintillating. . . . Tuten dazzles like the best of Jhumpa Lahiri, Alice Munro, and George Saunders. Here, with The Bar at Twilight, he is at the pinnacle of his craft.”

On the Seawall

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“Do you enjoy your short fiction with a heady dose of art and absurdism? Frederic Tuten’s globe-trotting new collection offers plenty of both, providing a dizzying array of locales and imagery that ventures to unexpected places.”

Vol. 1 Brooklyn

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“Heady and elegant. . . . The work of a gifted, resourceful writer: an old master.”

Kirkus Reviews

“Heartfelt. . . . No matter whether Tuten is chronicling the creative or romantic lives of his characters, he renders their struggles with a sense of hope.”

Publishers Weekly

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“Showcase[s] the deep desire to connect.”

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“The music of Tuten’s prose speaks to my heart. His inimitable, imaginative, witty, romantic stories continue to haunt me.”

David Gilbert, author of The Normals and & Sons

“Frederic Tuten’s stories are filled with art, dreams, yearning, and a past that he captures beautifully and deftly and then lets go. The Bar at Twilight is a wonderful, evocative collection.”

Meg Wolitzer, author of The Interestings and The Female Persuasion

In fifteen masterful stories, Frederic Tuten entertains questions of existential magnitude, pervasive yearning, and the creative impulse. A wealthy older woman reflects on her relationship with her drowned husband, a painter, as she awaits her own watery demise. An exhausted artist, feeling stuck, reads a book of criticism about allegory and symbolism before tossing her paintings out the window. Writing a book about the lives of artists he admires—Cezanne, Monet, Rousseau—a man imagines how each vignette could be a life lesson for his wife, the artist he perhaps admires the most.

Whether set in Tuten’s beloved Lower East Side, Rome’s Borghese Gardens, or a French seaside resort, these stories shift seamlessly between the poignancy of memory into the logic of fairytales or dreams, demonstrating Tuten’s exceptional ability to transmute his passion for art and life to the page.

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Preview stories from Frederic Tuten’s The Bar at Twilight in BOMB Magazine and at the Literary Hub.

Frederic Tuten, author of The Bar at Twilight, discusses his life, work, and literary influences on Studio 360, LARB Radio Hour, the Goodreads Books of Your Life podcast, and with the East Hampton Star.