Reader Meet Writer: Allan Gurganus

Text: Reader meet writer author series Allan Gurganus January 12 5:00 PM EST picture of Allan Gurganus and book cover The Uncollected Stories of Allan GurganusThis is a series sponsored and run by SIBA - the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance. Bookmarks is hosting some of these author events, but you can participate in any of their many other offerings by visiting another local southern independent bookstore that is participating.

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Allan Gurganus is widely translated, a Guggenheim Fellow, and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Adaptations of his fiction have earned four Emmys, and his stories have been appearing in The New Yorker since 1974. He lives in a small town in North Carolina.

The Uncollected Stories of Allan Gurganus is a hilarious yet haunting cycle of stories--all previously uncollected. Since the explosive publication of Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All, Allan Gurganus has dazzled readers as “the most technically gifted and morally responsive writer of his generation” (John Cheever). He has been praised as "one of America’s preeminent novelists, our prime conductor of electric sentences" (William Giraldi). Above all, Allan Gurganus is a seriously funny writer, an expert at evoking humor, especially in our troubled times. Now he offers nine classic tales—never before between covers. They attest to his mastery of the short story and the growing depth of his genius.? Offering characters antic and tragic, Gurganus charts the human condition—masked and unmasked—as we live it now. “Once upon a time” collides with the everyday. We meet a mortician whose dedication to his departed clients exceeds all legal limits. We encounter a seaside couple fighting to save their family dog from Maine’s fierce undertow. A virginal seventy-eight-year-old grammar school librarian has her sole erotic experience with a polyamorous snake farmer. A vicious tornado sends twin boys aloft, leaving only one of them alive. And, in an eerily prescient story, cholera strikes a rural village in 1849 and citizens come to blame their doomed young doctor who saved hundreds.

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Tuesday, January 12, 2021 - 5:00pm
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The Uncollected Stories of Allan Gurganus Cover Image
$25.95
ISBN: 9780871403780
Availability: Order Processes in 1-5 Days Depending on Store Stock
Published: Liveright - January 12th, 2021

One of “the best writers of our time” (Ann Patchett) offers this hilarious yet haunting cycle of stories—all previously uncollected.