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The Return of Service, by Jonathan Baumbach

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The Return of Service, by Jonathan Baumbach


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Part of the Illinois Short Fiction Series, a collection of short stories.


“The fact is, major fiction would be of lesser rank without him.” —Robert Coover


Born in Brooklyn, Jonathan Baumbach, the son of a painter and father of a filmmaker, is the author of sixteen books, including the much-heraldedBOn the Way to My Father’s FuneralD-ToursSeparate HoursRerunsBabbleThe Life and Times of Major FictionA Man to Conjure With, andDreams of Molly. His short stories have been widely anthologized, including O. Henry Prize Stories, All Our Secrets are the Same, and Best American Short Stories. He has written extensively on film and is a former chairman of the National Society of Film Critics. In 1973, Baumbach and Peter Spielberg founded Fiction Collective, the first national fiction writers cooperative in America, later reinvented as FC2. He has had cameo roles in all of his son Noah’s films.