Using the venerable literary device of the bedtime story, which links fictions as different as The Arabian Nights and Charlotte's Web, John Barth ingeniously interweaves stories from an ongoing, high-spirited but deadly serious nocturnal game of tale-telling by a more or less desperate loving couple vacationing at their "last resort." As Scheherazade spun out her bedtime stories to save her life, the narrator of On with the Story spins out his to postpone The End, and to explore en route - wittily, mournfully, tenderly - ...

On with the Story: Stories 1997, Back Bay Books

ISBN-13: 9780316083591

Trade paperback

On with the Story: Stories 1996, Little Brown and Company, Boston, MA

ISBN-13: 9780316082631