You Want More: Book summary and reviews of You Want More by George Singleton

You Want More

Selected Stories of George Singleton

by George Singleton

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Thirty stories, collected in one volume for the very first time, from one of the South's best known and most acclaimed short story writers.

With his signature darkly acerbic and sharp-witted humor, George Singleton has built a reputation as one of the most astute and wise observers of the South. Now Tom Franklin introduces this master of the form with a compilation of acclaimed and prize-winning short fiction spanning twenty years and eight collections, including stories originally published in outlets like the Atlantic Monthly, Harper's, Playboy, the Georgia Review, the Southern Review, and many more. A lovelorn and chatty euthanasia vet arrives at a couples' house to put down their dog, Probate; a father-to-be searches his workplace—a bar—for a replacement sonogram after recording an episode of Bonanza over the original; an unlikely romance sparks between a librarian and a professional bowler while they compete to win an RV; a father takes his son to visit the many ex-girlfriends that could have been his mother.

These stories bear the influence of Flannery O'Connor and Raymond Carver, at other times Lewis Nordan and Donald Barthelme, and touch on the mysteries of childhood, the complexities of human relationships, and the absurdity of everyday life, its inexorable defeats and small triumphs. Assembled here for the very first time, You Want More showcases the body of work, hilarious and incisive, that has cemented George Singleton's place among the South's greatest living writers.

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"Singleton brings together his best work along with one new story in this smashing collection that combines satire, tragicomic premises...Fans and newcomers alike will rejoice in reading these highlights from a Southern literary master." - Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Singleton has Charles Portis' gift for writing a satire both ruthless and lined always with affection...he's a master of and evangelist for the joys and idiosyncrasies of speech, especially the loquacious talk of barrooms and Little League fields and scrapbooking shops. For the uninitiated, a wonderful introduction to a Southern original." - Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"George Singleton is one of the funniest writers in America. He's also the writer most attuned to the American freakshow―its hilarity, its hopes, its heartbreak. His fiction has mattered, a lot, for as long as he's been writing it, but it's never mattered more than now. You Want More is a major book from a major writer." - Brock Clarke, author of Who Are You, Calvin Bledsoe?

"Over his career, George Singleton has written unruly characters living unruly lives. His depictions of the American South―in particular the everyday tumult of white blue-collar men and women struggling to come to terms with this strange and chaotic world― are both tragic and comic, heartbreaking, surreal, and―when least expected―weirdly ebullient. Singleton is a brilliant storyteller; his vision is crystal clear and wonderfully warped." - Julianna Baggott, author of Harriet Wolf's Seventh Book of Wonders

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Robert Segedy

Damn straight, I want more!
A word of caution may be necessary regarding the stories of George Singleton; that they are highly addictive, that they are laugh inducing, that you might start thinking about moving to Forty-Five or Callustown or any of the other unique places in this madman's literary vision of the South. Populated by three fingered mill workers, various duffers and layabouts, men that ponder improbable dilemma's such as what is the easiest way to make money without breaking a sweat. If you are looking for something to brighten your spirits, then look no further: George Singleton is the cure for the blues! You Want More is a delightful volume of stories that are guaranteed to make you chortle, speak in non-sequiturs, and give you a brand new literary hero that you can be proud of. No longer do you need to hang your head in shame because everybody down at the local watering hole is bragging about some new bestseller they read, be the first on your block to brag about finding a new voice in Southern Fiction. Say it loud and say it proud: George Singleton is here to save us all and his message is crystal clear: Read this book and enjoy yourself!

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George Singleton

George Singleton has published eight collections of stories, two novels, and a book of writing advice. Over 200 of his stories have appeared in magazines such as the Atlantic Monthly, Harper's, Playboy, the Georgia Review, the Southern Review, the Cincinnati Review, and elsewhere. He is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize, a Guggenheim fellowship, the Hillsdale Award from the Fellowship of Southern Writers, and the Corrington Award for Literary Excellence. He lives in Spartanburg, SC, where he holds the John C. Cobb Chair in Humanities at Wofford College.

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