The Great American Everything


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$16.95  $15.76
Hub City Press
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5.45 X 8.45 X 0.5 inches | 0.57 pounds

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About the Author

Scott Gloden lives in Philadelphia, on unceded Lenape land. His stories have appeared in American Short Fiction, Glimmer Train, and StoryQuarterly. He has a Master's in Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon and works on homeless and housing initiatives.


"Scott Gloden's The Great American Everything is an exceptional collection about loss, the grief that follows, and the stunned way that we seek to find a way forward in a world that feels radically different. Gloden explores these difficult subjects with such tenderness and complexity that he never strikes a false note, never repeats himself. This is an amazing book that introduces us to an exciting new voice." --Kevin Wilson, author of Now is Not the Time to Panic

"You will want to tear through these ten funny, worldly and brilliant stories; they are so in love with everything they encounter. The language these stories give to their events is incredible, grasping so much joie de vivre, but also sudden heartbreak and despair. From the first paragraph the text is in utterly tragic territory, but the reader is invited to see this through the buoyancy of love and of art." --Rebecca Lee, author of Bobcat and Other Stories

"Gloden's sharp prose is at its sharpest when he turns his eye to place: searching for saguaro (and a grandfather's ghost) in New Mexico, White Linen Night in New Orleans, seeking environmental reparations door-to-door in the fancy neighborhoods of Memphis. It's not always summer, but these stories sear, sweat. Gloden earns the title The Great American Everything, a collection I'll return to again and again." --Mary Miller, author of Biloxi

"Social conscience meets psychological despair in stories that show plenty of literary command." --Kirkus Reviews

"Gloden enlivens the everyday situations with insightful social commentary and memorable voices. As slice-of-life stories go, these stand out."
--Publishers Weekly

"From the first story to the last, it is clear that life has no easy answers: there are only imperfect people making the best decisions they can in the moment. It is all too easy to relate to these characters as they are overwhelmed by forces bigger than themselves, but try to do what's right anyway. The Great American Everything is a collection of quiet stories about how large-scale problems fit into the realm of each individual's existence." --Eileen Gonzalez, Foreword Reviews