Local Souls


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$25.95  $24.13
Liveright Publishing Corporation
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6.61 X 9.56 X 1.21 inches | 1.44 pounds
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About the Author

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.


Allan Gurganus has the uncanny ability to make you laugh and shudder at the same time. That rare gift is on full and glorious display here.--T. C. Boyle
Allan Gurganus breathes so much life into the town of Falls, North Carolina, his reader is able to walk down the streets and mingle with the local souls. This book underscores what we have long known--Gurganus stands among the best writers of our time.--Ann Patchett
Allan Gurganus is our verbal magician. He turns factual rabbits into poetic doves. Every sentence contains a surprise, but the brilliant surface doesn't dazzle us from peering into the tender human depths.--Edmund White
Vivid language, provocative sentence structure, and metaphors that elevate the reader's consciousness. [Gurganus] shares with his southern cohorts a delight in discovering the quotidian within lives led under extraordinary, even bizarre circumstances.
In this first work in 12 years, Gurganus offers three luscious, perceptively written pieces, each as rich as any full-length novel and together exploring the depth of our connections.... In all three novellas, there's a pervasive sense of the power of community expectations and the question of whether we can challenge fate.... These pieces are so fresh and real that the reader has the sense of walking through a dissolving plate-glass window straight into the lives of the characters. Highly recommended.
A serious and important American writer--his work has meant a lot to me over time... It's good to have him back after a long absence.--Dwight Garner
Allan Gurganus proves once again that small-town life in the New South can be as tragic and twisted as anything out of an ancient Greek playbook.... The chatty, roundabout storytelling, the wicked humor and sense of the absurd often disguise the gravity of these investigations into life's tendency to 'retract its promise overight, ' to 'become a vale of tears breaking over you in sudden lashing.' Hidden above the safe confines of the Falls, Zeus readies his lightning bolts.--Gina Webb