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American Falls is the first major collection of short stories from Barry Gifford, master of the dark side of the American reality. These stories range widely in style and period, from the 1950s to the present, from absurdist exercises to romantic tales, from stories about childhood innocence to novellas of murder and revenge.
In the title story, a Japanese-American motel op
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ebook, 288 pages
Published January 4th 2011 by Seven Stories Press (first published March 5th 2002)
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Andrea
A slightly uneven collection of shorts; while not every story matches the crystalline perfection of "Cat Women of Rome", "The Old Days", or "The Winner" (my faves), they are all soaked in Gifford's strange hot/cold brew of acute awareness, streamlined poetry, and a bit of the grotesque, just in case you're feeling too comfortable.
Singular, sharp, and perceptive.
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Barry Gifford is an American author, poet, and screenwriter known for his distinctive mix of American landscapes and film noir- and Beat Generation-influenced literary madness.

He is described by Patrick Beach as being "like if John Updike had an evil twin that grew up on the wrong side of the tracks and wrote funny..."He is best known for his series of novels about Sailor and Lula, two sex-driven,
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