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American Gymnopédies

4.0 of 5 stars 4.00  ·  rating details  ·  24 ratings  ·  4 reviews
“Like Erik Satie’s Gymnopédies, Garson’s atmospheric shorts surprised me with their subtle shifts and eccentricities. Linked by geographic places, the collection progresses in tiny increments to become a dance between internal and external geographies. In perception and execution, this is a wonderfully original work.”

—Jim Heynen, author of The One-Room Schoolhouse

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Paperback, 54 pages
Published May 2010 by Willlows Wept Press
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Ben Loory
more like memories of stories than stories themselves, these are sad and funny seen from a distance. sometimes they slipped by and then only later did i suddenly hear them. it was nice. i read it twice, some three times.

my favorite:

Seattle Gymnopédie

In the apartment next to mine was a single mother whose name was Natalie. She kept her television against the joint wall. I had no clue what was going on in the shows her children watched, but I carried the songs around in the rain. The positive word
As others have said, the pieces collected in American Gymnopédies aren't "stories" so much as moments, perhaps the germs of stories or even the longing for stories. I liked how each moment is grounded bodily and materially, because for such short fragments most of them offer a real sense of physicality and presence and that prevents the collection from becoming too ethereal even while it is otherwise ambiguous. At the same time, most of the stories feel like moments en route to somewhere else – ...more
An interesting catalog of people linked through places. The writing on a piece by piece level is very well done. Garson conveys an entire essence in just a few lines and then moves onto the next. You really have to stop and consider just how difficult that was, how exactly perfect every single word needed to be to work.
Sam Rasnake
One of my favortie reads - ever.
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Author and editor Scott Garson is from the American Midwest. His first book, American Gymnopédies, is a collection of place-based microfictions. His new book--Is That You, John Wayne?--is a full-length collection of stories. His work has won awards from Playboy, The Mary Roberts Rinehart Foundation and Dzanc Books, and been published in American Short Fiction, The Kenyon Review, Hobart, Conjunctio ...more
More about Scott Garson...
Is That You, John Wayne? Hobart #11: The Great Outdoors Stripped Stymie Magazine, Spring & Summer 2010 NANO Fiction Volume 4 Number 1

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