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In 1966, as a conscientious objector faced with possible charges of draft evasion during the Vietnam War, Allan Gurganus found himself on a four-year tour as a message decoder on an aircraft carrier. While at sea, Gurganus, who had studied to be a painter, developed the idea for his first vis mere successful novel, Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All (1989) after reading an article that described how Confederate veterans were granted pensions in the 1880s, making them prime marital candidates for much younger women. The novel features Lucy Marsden, a feisty ninety-nine-year-old North Carolina widow, and spans the 1850s to the 1980s. Gurganus's subsequent books include Blessed Assurance: A Moral Tale (1989), The Practical Heart (1993), and Plays Well With Others (1997). He has written a number of short stories that have appeared in periodicals such as Granta, The New York Times, The New Yorker, Harper's, and Paris Review, and in books such as The Faber Book of Short Gay Fiction (1991). Eleven of his short stories are collected in The White People (1991). Gurganus was born in Rocky Mount, North Carolina, in 1947 and graduated from Sarah Lawrence College (B.A., 1972) and the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop (M.F.A., 1974). He has taught fiction writing at University of Iowa, Stanford University, Duke University, Sarah Lawrence College and the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop, and has had his paintings displayed in many private and public collections. (Bowker Author Biography) Allan Gurganus lives in a small town in North Carolina. The title novella of this book won the National Magazine Prize, & his other honors include the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, the Southern Book Prize, & the Sue Kaufman Prize from the American Academy of Arts & Letters. (Publisher Provided) vis mindre
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Værker af Allan Gurganus

White People (1990) 308 eksemplarer
Plays Well with Others (1997) 290 eksemplarer
The Practical Heart: Four Novellas (1993) 154 eksemplarer
Local Souls (2013) 152 eksemplarer
New Stories from the South 2006: The Year's Best (2000) — Redaktør — 57 eksemplarer
Blessed Assurance: A Moral Tale (1990) 18 eksemplarer
Saint Monster (2009) 5 eksemplarer
Decoy: A Novella (2015) 5 eksemplarer
Piccoli eroi (2011) 4 eksemplarer
James Castle (2007) 3 eksemplarer
Fear Not (2014) 2 eksemplarer
Saints Have Mothers (2015) 2 eksemplarer

Associated Works

The Future Dictionary of America (2004) — Bidragyder — 621 eksemplarer
The Vintage Book of Contemporary American Short Stories (1994) — Bidragyder — 470 eksemplarer
Flash Fiction: 72 Very Short Stories (1992) — Bidragyder — 390 eksemplarer
Boys Like Us: Gay Writers Tell Their Coming Out Stories (1996) — Bidragyder — 389 eksemplarer
The Best American Short Stories 2000 (2000) — Bidragyder — 385 eksemplarer
The Faber Book of Gay Short Fiction (1992) — Bidragyder — 318 eksemplarer
The Penguin Book of Gay Short Stories (1994) — Bidragyder — 308 eksemplarer
Men on Men 2: Best New Gay Fiction (1988) — Bidragyder — 203 eksemplarer
In Another Part of the Forest: An Anthology of Gay Short Fiction (1994) — Bidragyder — 174 eksemplarer
Granta 32: History (1990) — Bidragyder — 149 eksemplarer
Granta 46: Crime (1994) — Bidragyder — 149 eksemplarer
Granta 35: An Unbearable Peace (1991) — Bidragyder — 137 eksemplarer
Granta 55: Children (1996) — Bidragyder — 128 eksemplarer
Best American Gay Fiction 3 (1998) — Bidragyder — 85 eksemplarer
New Stories from the South 2007: The Year's Best (2007) — Bidragyder — 55 eksemplarer
Obsessed: A Flesh and the Word Collection of Gay Erotic Memoirs (1999) — Bidragyder — 54 eksemplarer
New Stories from the South 2000: The Year's Best (2000) — Bidragyder — 53 eksemplarer
New Stories from the South 2005: The Year's Best (2005) — Bidragyder — 28 eksemplarer
A New Life: Stories and Photographs from the Suburban South (1996) — Efterskrift — 28 eksemplarer
The New Great American Writers' Cookbook (2003) — Bidragyder — 20 eksemplarer
OutWrite: The Speeches that Shaped LGBTQ Literary Culture (2022) — Bidragyder — 16 eksemplarer
A Portrait of Southern Writers: Photographs (2000) — Bidragyder — 13 eksemplarer
Every True Pleasure: LGBTQ Tales of North Carolina (2019) — Bidragyder — 9 eksemplarer
Feels Like Home: Fond Remembrances in Words and Pictures (1995) — Introduktion — 8 eksemplarer

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hcubic | 17 andre anmeldelser | Apr 22, 2021 |
When I picked this one up from my library, I didn't realize it was a set of novellas. I haven't read many novellas, but the ones I have have been tough. I think it's kind of an awkward form -- long enough to feel a little too long but not long enough to feel like a big hearty novel you can really get into. It's like the awkward teenager phase of fiction that nobody really wants to be all that much involved with.

The first two in this collection of three, and a good half of the third, fell pretty flat for me. The words and sentences were good, but the stories didn't do much for me. They didn't seem to have much emotional freight, and so they seemed oddly sized curiosities, little exercises in building a sense of place and maybe a little sense of character. But of course knowing that the story would be chopped off pretty soon after the development had built, I had trouble really connecting with either the fictional town of Falls or its inhabitants.

Well into the final novella, Decoy, after the catastrophe that basically bifurcates the thing, the piece took a turn for the better for me, and I thought the last 20 - 30 pages were good. But, 30 pages out of 300 make for pretty slim pickings, so it's not one I'd suggest.
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dllh | 4 andre anmeldelser | Jan 6, 2021 |
Wow I am constantly amazed at how much I dislike books I have a fond memory of enjoying decades ago.
LoisSusan | 17 andre anmeldelser | Dec 10, 2020 |
Loved this book. Has totally made me obsessed with short stories.
amandanan | 4 andre anmeldelser | Jun 6, 2020 |



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