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Daniel Gardina

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Daniel Gardina is the author of The Last Night, The Lookout and Other Stories, and Fiction Fridays. A Los Angeles native, he earned his BA in English and philosophy and his MPW in fiction from the University of Southern California.

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This is the third and final installment in the “Long Road Back” series. The first edition hails from 2008, the second from 2011, and 2018 completes the trifecta. This series falls closely into what can be called my sophomore slump: the difficult task of writing a second novel that rises above the first. Like Pulitzer Prize-winning author Michael Chabon, I ended up abandoning my second novel, Th...

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Flannery O'Connor
“There's a certain grain of stupidity that the writer of fiction can hardly do without, and this is the quality of having to stare, of not getting the point at once. The longer you look at one object, the more of the world you see in it; and it's well to remember that the serious fiction writer always writes about the whole world.”
Flannery O'Connor

John Irving
“You've got to get obsessed and stay obsessed.”
John Irving, The Hotel New Hampshire

Stephen King
“Books are a uniquely portable magic.”
Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

Anne Lamott
“Lighthouses don’t go running all over an island looking for boats to save; they just stand there shining.”
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John Locke
“Reading furnishes the mind only with materials of knowledge; it is thinking that makes what we read ours.”
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