Drowning in Gruel

Drowning in Gruel

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Acclaimed short-story master George Singleton follows the lives and schemes of the citizens of fictitious Gruel, South Carolina, in search of glory, seclusion, money, revenge, and a meaningful existence. In these nineteen tales, young Gruelites learn lessons when confronted with neighbors who might not be as blind as they appear, dermatologists intent on eradicating birthmarks, and fathers prone to driving on half-inflated tires in order to flirt with cashiers. Meanwhile, the town's older citizens try to make sense out of dogs that heal wounds, lawn-mowing dead men, wives who don't appreciate gas masks for Valentine's Day, and children who mix their mother's ashes with housepaint. Hilarious and tragic, George Singleton's unforgettable characters try to overcome their limitations as best they can.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 134.6 x 195.6 x 22.9mm | 249.48g
  • Boston, MA, United States
  • English
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 0156030616
  • 9780156030618
  • 1,789,582

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PRAISE FOR NOVEL
"[The] unchallenged king of the comic Southern short story."
-THE ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION
"Thank God for George Singleton, who makes us laugh and makes us think."-THE TIMES-PICAYUNE (New Orleans)
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"For true, as we say here. So thank God for George Singleton, who makes us laugh and makes us think."--The Times-Picayune (New Orleans)
Acclaimed short-story master George Singleton follows the lives and schemes of the citizens of fictitious Gruel, South Carolina, in search of glory, seclusion, money, revenge, and a meaningful existence. In these nineteen tales, young Gruelites learn lessons when confronted with neighbors who might not be as blind as they appear, dermatologists intent on eradicating birthmarks, and fathers prone to driving on half-inflated tires in order to flirt with cashiers. Meanwhile, the town's older citizens try to make sense out of dogs that heal wounds, lawn-mowing dead men, wives who don't appreciate gas masks for Valentine's Day, and children who mix their mother's ashes with housepaint. Hilarious and tragic, George Singleton's unforgettable characters try to overcome their limitations as best they can.
"George Singleton is a madman. He's also one of the most talented American writers the South has turned out in decades."--The Postand Courier (Charleston, SC)
George Singleton lives in Pickens County, South Carolina, with ceramicist Glenda Guion and their mixture of strays. More than a hundred of his stories have been published nationally in magazines including the Atlantic Monthly, Harper's, Zoetrope, Playboy, and the anthology New Stories from the South: The Year's Best. He teaches writing at the South Carolina Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities.
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89 ratings
3.93 out of 5 stars
5 29% (26)
4 44% (39)
3 19% (17)
2 7% (6)
1 1% (1)
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