Anton Pavlovich Chekhov
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"In A Swim in a Pond in the Rain, George Saunders guides the reader through seven classic Russian short stories he's been teaching for twenty years as a professor in the prestigious Syracuse University graduate MFA creative writing program. Paired with stories by Chekhov, Turgenev, Tolstoy, and Gogol, these essays are intended for anyone interested in how fiction works and why it's more relevant than ever in these turbulent times. Saunders approaches...
Movie star Elizabeth takes her paramour Peter to her lakeside estate to visit her family during Memorial Day weekend. There they meet up with Elizabeth's ailing brother, her artist son, the family doctor, the estate's custodian, its careless caretaker, their temperamental daughter, and her long suffering ornithologist husband who's the keeper of the sacred land where a bald eagle is trying to raise its young.