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Sabbath Night in the Church of the Piranha: New and Selected Storiesby Edward Falco
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For a long time now, Edward Falco has quietly established his place among the absolute best American storytellers. Those who havent yet read him dont want to miss this chance. Thats why were so excited to offer the very best of his work, gathered together for the first time, to a wider readership.
Falcos stories are unforgettable, dangerous as a high-wire act without a net, filled with dramatic action, and peopled with believable characters challenged by events into making risky moral choices, so emotionally true that readers will carry them around for a long time. His prose is tense, sharp, and beautifully, wonderfully rich. In story after story, Falcos characters find the comfortable order of their lives ambushed by an upswelling of dark forces beyond their control. In order to protect the lives of family—lovers, wives, and especially children—from a catastrophe, they often must summon up the personal courage to climb back from their own monsters, to set aside old, private scars. The decisions they make reveal their bonds, the set of their hearts, and the harsh nature of the culture we all live in today.
If someone out there could write the contemporary counterpart to Flannery OConoors classic A Good Man is Hard to Find,” it would be Falco. His are good, old-fashioned, hard-to-find stories set way out there on the edge.
"Compelling... Falco shows a deft touch at keeping his characters empathetic while maintaining their occasionally disturbing flaws." Library Journal
"[H]e is an original and vivid writer...his stories are hard to forget. In this outstanding collection, Falco excels at depicting the darkness that lurks within, yet he addresses this gritty reality with a soaring lyricism." Booklist
"He is, quite simply, a great artist of the story. His work lives among the masterpieces of American fiction." Alice Fulton
Here are sixteen of Ed Falco's finest stories, ten have never been previously collected. Over the years his prize-winning stories have appeared in nearly every important magazine and journal in the country, from Atlantic Monthly and Playboy to literary journals such as The Missouri Review. They've been reprinted in Best American Short Stories, The Pushcart Prize and the Best American Mystery Stories. In these stories, Falco's characters negotiate personal minefields, trying (and sometimes failing) to overcome their own personality flaws and demons in order to protect their children and lovers in the face of the all too often dangerous currents in American culture-violence, sex, drugs, neglect and abuse, the upswellings of contemporary forces beyond their control.
The contemporary counterpart to Flannery O'Connor's classic A Good Man is Hard to Find, by an award-winning writer.
About the Author
Edward Falco teaches at Virginia Tech University in Blacksburg, Virginia. His new novel will be published by Unbridled Books in Fall 2005.
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