Drowned Boy

Stories
Product Number: EB00665107
Released: Mar 27, 2016
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781936747429
Publisher: Sarabande Books
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Description

The winner of the Mary McCarthy Prize in Short Fiction and the Towson Prize for Literature. "Exquisite storytelling" from the author of The Let Go (Foreword Reviews). Jerry Gabriel delivers an unsentimental portrait of rural America in Drowned Boy, a collection of linked stories that reveals a world of brutality, beauty, and danger in the forgotten landscape of small-town basketball tournaments and family reunions. In "Boys Industrial School," two brothers track an escaped juvenile convict, while in the titular novella, a young man and woman embark on a haphazard journey to find meaning in the death of a high-school classmate. These stories probe the fraught cusp of adulthood, the frustrations of escape and difference, and the emotional territory of disappointment-set in the hardscrabble borderlands where Appalachia meets the Midwest. "Eight linked stories, set among boys and men in southern Ohio, have the masculine virtues of honest craft and plain, carefully chosen language . . . Writing that sticks with the reader much longer than showier fiction." -The Plain Dealer "A nuanced and complicated examination of the way grief is contagious, sparking dark emotions in people who initially are barely affected." -Time Out Chicago "In prose as spare and enchanting as the town's landscape, Gabriel paints a beautiful and sobering portrait of Middle Americans trapped in a world of snow, ice, and inevitability." -Booklist

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Original Publish Date: Jan 01, 2010

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