Chosen by Paul Auster out of the four thousand stories submitted to his radio programme on National Public Radio, these 180
stories provide a wonderful portrait of America in the twentieth century. The requirement for selection was that each of the
stories should be true, and each of the writers should not have been previously published. The collection that has emerged
provides a richly varied and authentic voice for the American people, whose lives, loves, griefs, regrets, joys and sense
of humour are vividly and honestly recounted throughout, and adeptly organised by Auster into themed sections. The section
composed of war stories stretches as far back as the Civil War, still the defining moment in American history; while the sequence
of 'Meditations' conclude the volume with a true and abiding sense of transcendence.
The resultant anthology is
both an enduring hymn to the strange everyday of contemporary American life and a masterclass in the art of storytelling.
True Tales of American Life contains 180 short stories of life in America, selected by Paul Auster from his National Public
Radio show Weekend All Things Considered.