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Wild, funny, touching, and full of crackling dialogue, the stories in this collection turn the intensity of real life up a notch: A soap opera star turns a set into a real-life melodrama. A hot spring oasis is the source of a man's newfound sanityor is it insanity? In Robert Garner McBrearty's talented hands, this exaggerated reality makes life seem much more hilarious and heartbreakingly real. Previously published in distinguished literary magazines, these stories are about people caught at the moment of life change. Each compelling character struggles with major issues: the struggle to hold down two jobs, hold on to love, or keep a grip on reality. And then there's the toughest tussle of allthe choice to be a responsible citizen or a heroic hellraiser who runs with the bulls. Written with wit and true grit, these stories take readers from the city to the open country, from Texas to California. But no matter where they are set, real people live thereout loud.
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About the Author
Robert Garner McBrearty’s stories have been anthologized in the Pushcart Prize and widely published in leading literary journals, including North American Review, Missouri Review, New England Review, Narrative Magazine,StoryQuarterly, and Mississippi Review. He is the author of three critically-acclaimed short story collections, A Night at the Y, Episode stories from which won him the Sherwood Anderson Foundation Fiction Award and Let the Birds Drink in Peace; and a novella, The Western Lonesome Society.McBrearty’s writing awards include a Pushcart Prize and fellowships to the Macdowell Colony and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts. His stories have been selected for performances at Stories on Stage in Denver, and at Arts and Letters Live at the Dallas Museum of Art. Other awards include fellowships to the MacDowell Colony, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Mass., and a New Mexico State Arts Grant.