Barbarian Parade: Or in the Pursuit of an Un-American Dream


A novel about soccer

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A novel about soccer

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What People Are Saying

Bret Lott
Kirby Gann's first novel marks the debut of an important and vigorous new voice in fiction. This is so very much more than a coming of age story-it's real, and moving, and true in the sense that good fiction is true: we see ourselves here.
— Bret Lott, author of Jewel
Edmund White
A great story: one that is by turns sensuous, carnal, tender, and often brutal. With it's original theme and beautiful, yet effortlessly composed language, The Barbarian Parade makes a striking debut for a novelist of daring creativity and passion.
Mark Richard
A soulful excavation around the foundation of a young life teetering but still standing, with all the requisite familial heartbreak, busted balls, and self-inflicted wounds that would tumble lesser erections. The acceleration of this first novel ramped up this reader to see the next installment.
— Mark Richard, author of The Ice at the Bottom of the World
Lee Durkee
Kirby Gann has written an evocative, gripping, and fearless first novel, one that peers out of the eyes of a child upon a very adult world. If you have ever watched a tornado snake out of a dark cloud, or a skydiver fall with a tangled chute, then you know what it is like to be utterly transfixed; Gann's novel holds the reader in much the same way; he turns us into children watching mayhem, transfixed, horrified, and yet filled with wonder, a part of us not wanting the tornado to recede, not wanting the chute to open.
— Lee Durkee, author of Rides of the Midway
Robin Lippincott
Kirby Gann's exciting debut, a brave and buoyant bildungsroman, tells one Kentucky boy's own story, with balls and heart and a fiery, hell-bent prose. Rousing and brutal, tender and wise, The Barbarian Parade is an original-a picaresque novel of and for our time.
— Robin Lippincott, author of Mr. Dalloway
Sena Jeter Naslund
Kirby Gann's fearless first novel x-rays middle-class American youth as neglected by parents and seduced by the woman-using values of American sports. Far more distressing than The Catcher in the Rye but just as well-written, The Barbarian Parade is a compelling and memorable read.
— Sena Jeter Naslund, author of Ahab's Wife
Silas House
The Barbarian Parade pulls off an astonishing feat: it's simultaneously hilarious and heart-breaking, evocative but never nostalgic, touching but never sentimental, and it manages to be not only poetic, but a great page-turner. Kirby Gann is an author who can go the distance.
— Silas House, author of Clay's Quilt and The Cool of the Day
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781588180650
  • Publisher: Hill Street Press, LLC
  • Publication date: 4/28/2002
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 5.58 (w) x 8.63 (h) x 0.72 (d)

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