Frederick Busch to Read at Hamilton College
Busch is the recipient of the PEN/Malamud Award and the National Jewish BookAward. His last book, The Children in the Woods, was a finalist for the1995 Pen/Faulkner Award. His most recent endeavor , Girls, is set on acollege campus in upstate New York and tells the story of Jack, a securityofficer who becomes involved in the search for a missing teenage girl. As theinvestigation proceeds Jack is reminded of the death of his only child, alittle girl, years before, and realizes just how dangerous it is to be a girl:"I wondered if girls had been kidnapped, murdered, preyed upon for years.Maybe it was the times and therefore everything human and otherwise from whenwe began might not be at fault."
Presently, Busch is working on a collection of short stories called TheReader's Guide to My Father's War and also is editing a book of letters ofadvice for young fiction writers.