Work Shirts for Madmen

Work Shirts for Madmen

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Renegade artist Harp Spillman is lower than a bow-legged fire ant. Because of an unhealthy relationship with the bottle, he s ruined his reputation as one of the South s preeminent commissioned metal sculptors. And his desperate turn to ice sculpting nearly led to a posse of angry politicians on his trail. With the help of his levelheaded and practical potter wife, Raylou, Harp understands that it s time to return to the mig welder. Yes, it s time to prove that he can complete a series of twelve-foot-high metal angelswelded completely out of hex nutsfor the city of Birmingham. Is it pure chance that the Elbow Boys, their arms voluntarily fused so they can t drink, show up in order to help Harp out in a variety of ways? And why did his neighbor smuggle anteaters into desolate Ember Glow? Is it true that there s no free will?
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Product details

  • Paperback | 317 pages
  • 134 x 202 x 26mm | 322.05g
  • United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 0156034395
  • 9780156034395

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Renegade artist Harp Spillman is lower than a bow-legged fire ant. Because of an unhealthy relationship with the bottle, he s ruined his reputation as one of the South s preeminent commissioned metal sculptors. And his desperate turn to ice sculpting might ve led to a posse of angry politicians on his trail. With the help of his sane and practical potter wife, Raylou, Harp understands that it s time to return to the mig welder. Yes, it s time to prove that he can complete a series of twelve-foot-high metal angels welded completely out of hex nuts for the city of Birmingham. Is it pure chance that the Elbow Boys, their arms voluntarily fused so they can t drink, show up in order to help Harp out in a variety of ways? And why did his neighbor smuggle anteaters into desolate Ember Glow? Is it true that there s no free will?"
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PRAISE FOR WORK SHIRTS FOR MADMEN

"Smackover funny and rare, many of Singleton's laughs come from deep wit and not easy southern eccentricities and the rough-screeching Skoal crowd."--Barry Hannah, author of Yonder Stands Your Orphan

"George Singleton writes like a irreverent genius with his finger on the pulse of an American culture gone as absurd as the price you recently paid a dermatologist. But if you happen to be a physician, or therapist, better skip this one . . . or if you wear one of those little American flags in your lapel, better skip this one, et cetera. But if you want a short-time, sentence-by-sentence, explosive pleasure, or a long-time pleasure brought by a story with a beating pulse that you can live inside of for awhile, and remember forever, then take this on over to the cash register."--Clyde Edgerton, author of Lunch at the Piccadilly

PRAISE FOR GEORGE SINGLETON
"George Singleton writes about the rural South without sentimentality or stereotype but with plenty of sharp-witted humor.... A raconteur of trends, counter-trends, obsessions and odd characters." --Morning Edition, NPR
"Singleton is an ace at locating the pathos beneath the deadpan laughs."--USA Today"
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PRAISE FOR"WORK SHIRTS FOR MADMEN" "If there is a fiction genre blending the riotous, bleary-eyed excess and absurdity of gonzo journalism with the rather earnest sensitivity of a John Irving hero--who always does right by his wife in the end--"Work Shirts"belongs to it . . . it's a fun read . . . an adventure to be undertaken.""--Newsweek"

PRAISE FOR GEORGE SINGLETON "George Singleton writes about the rural South without sentimentality or stereotype but with plenty of sharp-witted humor . . . A raconteur of trends, counter-trends, obsessions and odd characters."--NPR"Morning Edition"

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103 ratings
3.72 out of 5 stars
5 25% (26)
4 36% (37)
3 29% (30)
2 6% (6)
1 4% (4)
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