Synopses & Reviews
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 familylovers, wives, and especially childrenfrom 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
"There is in Mr. Falco's fiction a little of Raymond Carver's sensitivity to the menace of the everyday, and a lot of Andre Dubus's sturdy empathy with his characters' failings and regrets." --The New York Times Book Review
"For too long, Ed Falco has been a 'writer's writer.' With this collection, more readers can know the profound pleasures of his work. He is, quite simply, a great artist of the story. . . . His work lives among the masterpieces of American fiction." --Alice Fulton
Falco shows a deft touch at keeping his characters empathetic while maintaining their occasionally disturbing flaws.”Library Journal
"In this present time, Edward Falcos edgy, intense storiesever conscious of the dark and violent forces at work in the worldare not only stunningly relevant but profoundly important. Artistically, too, Falco needs to be heardhe is an all-too-rare master of both character and plot. Sabbath Night in the Church o f the Piranha is a truly outstanding collection." --Robert Olen Butler
His fans will relish this collection. Readers unfamiliar with his work
will remember Edward Falco's name from now on
His prose is alternately haunting and tender, comforting and disturbing. Edward Falco's writing beautifully explores the lights and shadows of human existence.”Midwest Book Review
[A] great collection
.Interestingly in spite of these being shorts, in most cases the beleaguered hero seems developed enough to star in a novel. The audience will appreciate the genius of Edward Falco, as in almost every entry, a reader can picture themselves falling into the same type calamity that beguiled the respective lead character.”Harriet Klausner
Falcos stories resonate with a quiet compassion for his characters, even those who make choices of terrible moral consequence.”Style Weekly
The contemporary counterpart to Flannery O'Connor's classic A Good Man is Hard to Find, by an award-winning writer.
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.
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.