The Curious Lives of Nonprofit Martyrs

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Dzanc Books
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5.5 X 8.4 X 0.9 inches | 0.65 pounds

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About the Author
George Singleton has published twelve books, including These People
Are Us; The Half-Mammals of Dixie; Why Dogs Chase Cars; Novel; Drowning
in Gruel; Work Shirts for Madmen; Pep Talks, Warnings, and Screeds;
Stray Decorum; Between Wrecks; Calloustown; Staff Picks; You Want More:
Selected Stories
. He has also published over two hundred stories in magazines and journals like the Atlantic
Monthly, Harper's One Story, Playboy, Georgia Review, Zoetrope, North
American Review, Story, LitMag, Southern Review, Mid-American Review,
Fiction International, The Quarterly, Carolina Quarterly, Agni, Oxford
American, Virginia Quarterly Review, Five Points, Black Warrior Review,
Subtropics, Texas Review
, and Glimmer Train. He lives in Spartanburg SC.

"Legendary South Carolina absurdist Singleton weighs in with another
rollicking collection. ... A Southern original adds to his gallery of Southern
originals." --Kirkus starred review

"Singleton delivers an offbeat collection filled with
Southern eccentrics. ... Singleton lights up the colorful and odd situations with
wit and verve. Southern fiction fans will have a blast." --Publishers Weekly

"A delightful, occasionally disturbing and unapologetically
honest exploration of Southern life ... There's a beautiful brokenness driving
these characters toward their distinctive causes that's born from the most
basic of compulsions -- the human need to belong." --Atlanta Journal-Constitution

know that it is against my nature to fling the word 'genius' around like a
sandlot football. I've used it maybe five times, and in all of those instances
I applied it to composers, partly because I don't understand how they do what
they do. Being a fiction writer, I understand all too well how we do what we
do. But George Singleton is a genius, because he repeatedly manages to make me
laugh, often uproariously, when my first impulse is to cry. How he accomplishes
this feat is as mysterious to me as the twelve-tone music of, say, Arnold
Schoenberg. But I know this: contemporary American literature--and I daresay the
country itself--would be more vibrant if we had more writers like him. George
Singleton is something perhaps even rarer than a genius. He's a treasure."
--Steve Yarbrough, author of Stay Gone Days