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I Hate to See That Evening Sun Go Down: A Novella and Stories

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Publisher Comments:

William Gay established himself as "the big new name to include in the storied annals of Southern Lit" (Esquire) with his debut novel, The Long Home, and his highly acclaimed follow-up, Provinces of Night. Like Faulkner's Mississippi and Cormac McCarthy's American West, Gay's Tennessee is redolent of broken souls. Mining that same fertile soil, his debut collection, I Hate to See That Evening Sun Go Down, brings together thirteen stories charting the pathos of interior lives. Among the colorful people readers meet are: old man Meecham, who escapes from his nursing home only to find his son has rented their homestead to "white trash"; Quincy Nell Qualls, who not only falls in love with the town lothario but, pregnant, faces an inescapable end when he abandons her; Finis and Doneita Beasley, whose forty-year marriage is broken up by a dead dog; and Bobby Pettijohn — awakened in the night by a search party after a body is discovered in his back woods.

William Gay expertly sets these conflicted characters against lush backcountry scenery and defies our moral logic as we grow to love them for the weight of their human errors.

Review:

"[G]ut-wrenching tales, stories told from half-finished verandas about wholehearted attempts to bandage the wounds of the human spirit with cheap wallpaper." John Green, Booklist (Starred Review)

Review:

"Gay confirms his place in the Southern fiction pantheon....[A] fine showcase for Gay's imaginative talent." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"Gay often fails to connect characters with the reader....But in the stronger stories the truth of the characters comes through." Library Journal

Review:

"Gay shows us with sensitivity and honesty that deep inside those kudzu-covered hills are complex lives that hang by the thinnest of fates." Stephen J. Lyons, USA Today

Review:

"Gay is richly gifted: a seemingly effortless storyteller, a writer of prose that's fiercely wrought....[These stories] can be gothic, funny, violent, romantic and stark, yet they're always compassionate." Daniel Woodrell, The New York Times Book Review

Review:

"Gay's characters come right up and bite you....Gay's well-chosen words propel the reader straight through his 13 stories..." Diane Hartman, The Denver Post

About the Author

William Gay is the author of the novels Provinces of Night and The Long Home. His short stories have appeared in Harper's, The Georgia Review, The Atlantic Monthly, GQ, Oxford American, and New Stories from the South, 1999-2001. The winner of the 1999 William Peden Award, the 1999 James A. Michener Memorial Prize, and the recipient of a 2002 Guggenheim fellowship, he lives in Hohenwald, Tennessee.

Table of Contents

Contents


I Hate to See That Evening Sun Go Down

A Death in the Woods

Bonedaddy, Quincy Nell, and the Fifteen Thousand BTU Electric Chair

The Paperhanger

The Man Who Knew Dylan

Those Deep Elm Brown's Ferry Blues

Crossroads Blues

Closure and Roadkill on the Life's Highway

Sugarbaby

Standing by Peaceful Waters

Good 'Til Now

The Lightpainter

My Hand Is Just Fine Where It Is

Product Details

ISBN:
9780743240888
Subtitle:
Collected Stories
Publisher:
Free Press
Author:
Gay, William
Location:
New York
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Social life and customs
Subject:
Short Stories (single author)
Subject:
Short stories
Subject:
Southern states
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
General Fiction
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st
Series Volume:
GTR-533
Publication Date:
October 1, 2002
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 1.125 in 18.832 oz

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Product details 320 pages Free Press - English 9780743240888 Reviews:
"Review" by , "[G]ut-wrenching tales, stories told from half-finished verandas about wholehearted attempts to bandage the wounds of the human spirit with cheap wallpaper."
"Review" by , "Gay confirms his place in the Southern fiction pantheon....[A] fine showcase for Gay's imaginative talent."
"Review" by , "Gay often fails to connect characters with the reader....But in the stronger stories the truth of the characters comes through."
"Review" by , "Gay shows us with sensitivity and honesty that deep inside those kudzu-covered hills are complex lives that hang by the thinnest of fates."
"Review" by , "Gay is richly gifted: a seemingly effortless storyteller, a writer of prose that's fiercely wrought....[These stories] can be gothic, funny, violent, romantic and stark, yet they're always compassionate."
"Review" by , "Gay's characters come right up and bite you....Gay's well-chosen words propel the reader straight through his 13 stories..."
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