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Had a Good Time (2004) [Collection]
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Summary (From the publisher):

For many years Butler has collected picture postcards from the early twentieth century, not so much for the pictures on the front but for the messages written on the backs, little bits of the captured souls of people long since passed away. Only Robert Olen Butler could use these brief messages of real people from another age to create fully imagined stories that speak to the universal human condition.

  • Hotel Touraine
  • Mother in the Trenches
  • The Ironworkers' Hayride
  • Carl and I
  • This is Earl Sandt
  • The One in White
  • No Chord of Music
  • Christmas 1910
  • Hiram the Desperado
  • I Got Married to a Milk Can
  • The Grotto
  • Up by Heart
  • Uncle Andrew
  • Twins
  • Sunday

Original title: Had a Good Time: Stories from American Postcards
Original languages: English


Genre: FictionGeneral FictionHumor
FictionHistoricalNorth AmericaTwentieth Century

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Edition #1: Had a Good Time

Had a Good Time (2004)
Edition Details:

Language: English

  • "Only Butler could have created Had a Good Time, a series of short stories entirely based on old postcards that the author has come across over the years. It's like reading short stories by a dozen different, immensely gifted authors. " Pittsburgh Tribune
  • "I would read a book like this by anyone, but Butler's an amazing storyteller, so it's even better." Cargo
  • "Scintillating, soulful, and surprising, Butler's virtuoso stories are deeply satisfying." Booklist
  • "Robert Olen Butler is the best living American writer, period." Fort Worth Morning Star
  • "Though many stories are as slight as the postcards themselves, the collection as a whole adds up to a thoughtful commentary on America at the dawn of a new century." Publishers Weekly
  • "Butler chose fifteen postcards, breathed lives into the correspondents, and the result is a wonderful collection of stories that depicts American life after the turn of the twentieth century from a wide variety of perspectives." Atlantic Monthly
  • "Butler faultlessly captures the plainspoken, springy cadences of American speech a hundred years ago...Assured, accomplished, and another intriguing change of pace from an adventurous writer who refuses to be pigeonholed." Kirkus Reviews
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Manifested in:

Had a Good Time (June 30, 2004)

Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Atlantic Monthly Press
ISBN: 9780802117779
Dimensions: 5.86 x 8.56 x 1.02 in
Pages: 288

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