In this deeply affecting, beautifully crafted collection of short fiction, Bret Lott broadens his stylistic range, striking a surprisingly surreal tone with stark, hyper-realistic prose. As story after dazzling story deliberately takes you down a deceptively ordinary path, the arresting center of each startles your unsuspecting sensibility.
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'An occasional articulate observation about the
difference between actual selves and imagined selves isn't enough to
overcome cloying imitation or pervasive sentimentality.' - PW
'Slow-moving and sometimes opaque to the point of confusion.' - Kirkus
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Bret Lott is a native of Los Angeles, California. His parents were raised in
Mississippi and East Texas and relocated to Los Angeles in the 1950s.
He is the author of a number of novels including A Song I Knew by Heart, Jewel (an Oprahs Book Club selection), The Hunt Club, Reeds Beach, A Strangers House, and The Man Who Owned Vermont; and the story collections A Dream of Old Leaves, How to Get Home, and The Difference Between Women and Men; the memoir Fathers, Sons, and Brothers; Ancient Highway and the writing guide Before We Get Started.
Named editor of The Southern Review in 2004, he lives with his wife and two sons near Charleston, South Carolina, and teaches at the College of Charleston and Vermont College.
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