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Stories that slice into contemporary America at unusual and enlightening angles. --The Kansas City Star
Beautiful work by the author of Jambeaux and The Last Deal, this collection is worth seeking out for its lively and new vision of contemporary America. --Small Press Review
A first-rate young writer for anyone seeking lively idiom, authentic detail and a fresh point of view. --Edward Abbey
Gonzales' work has appeared in journals such as Poetry, Southern Review and the New York Times.
Sharp, ironic, beautifully written stories, a bravura performance. --Publishers Weekly
A writer of exceptional polish. The stories that make up The Curandero are certainly among his best. --New York Times Book Review
Should gain new audiences among those of us left who enjoy serious fiction. --Robert Fox, American Book Review
Curley's stories were reprinted regularly in The Best American Short Stories and O. Henry Prize Stories. Curley published four short-story collections, three novels, three children's books and numerous other writings such as essays, plays and poems before his death in 1988.
Kennedy's characters are full, alive, and each story is rich and deep. He writes with wisdom that turns some of his stories of great sorrow into something triumphant. The title story is worth the book's price. It is funny, gloomy, terrifying and joyful. --Andre Dubus
The American short story is a thriving art form, and no one embodies its vitality, range and depth more energetically than Thomas E. Kennedy. His stories pulse with humor, moral edge and a deep sympathy for the human predicament. --James Carroll
Intense, humorous, sexually charged, emotionally powerful, the stories in Thomas E. Kennedy's Drive, Dive, Dance, & Fight brilliantly mine the hidden recesses of the human heart. Kennedy is a dazzling writer. Literary compelling and profound. --Duff Brenna
Kennedy is the author of 11 books published in the United States and elsewhere, and his work has earned awards such as the O. Henry, Pushcart and European prizes. He currently lives in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Calm and reasonable, very readable, accessible as we say, Clift's stories show plain American folks teetering over the edge of what just might be a great fall. --Jerry Bumpus
Clift has edited Kansas Quarterly, Touchstones and Literary Magazine Review during his career at Kansas State University. His writings have appeared in Salad: A Reader, Vanderbilt Review, and Midwestern Review.
Tom Hawkins is a true master of what is perhaps the most difficult of all literary forms, the short-short story. . . . Paper Crown is a book that lovers of short fiction will talk about for years to come. --Fred Chappell
A poet's eye and heart rest wonderfully on these stories--stories which run deep and clear and are a joy to read. --Clyde Edgerton
I don't know anyone writing short fiction these days like Tom Hawkins. . . . His stories are perfect little jewels. --Tom Whalen
The most vivid and upsetting piece of writing on Vietnam I've ever read. --Peter Meinke
Chilling glimpses of the Vietnam War. These are terrifying but sensitive stories. --Bobbie Ann Mason
Mort is the winner of BkMk's Fiction Award and a Pushcart Foundation Writer's Choice award. He lives in rural Missouri, and his stories have appeared in Missouri Review, The New Yorker and many others. Mort received a master's degree in library science and a master's of fine arts degree in fiction from the University of Iowa in 1976.
Actor-playwright Johnson wrote short stories of sophistication, restraint and elegance. In the last book before his death, he once again demonstrates his quiet wit and language.
"A natural, gifted story teller. I was both charmed and moved by every story in this book and marveled at the skill of the author." --Laurel Speer, Remark
Johnson studied at the University of Chicago and the University of Kansas and has taught English, Swedish and creative writing. He has written a novel and numerous plays, including the prize-winning Love is Like a Prairie Dog, winner of the Green Bay Civic Theater's National Contest.
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Gosnell is a painter, printmaker and writer. He teaches in the Department of Art and Art History at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.
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