Dirtyville Rhapsodies

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Do you really know your neighbors, America? Look again. Look closer. This darkly comic short story collection focuses on ordinary people caught in all manner of conundrums, fiascoes, and legal dilemmas, much of it their own stinking fault. Set mostly in Atlanta (capital of the "Dirty South"), Dirtyville Rhapsodies features everyday folks who overcome vice and personal tragedy, scoundrels so foul they attract news headlines, and the wayward souls who find salvation in society's crevasses. Some of them will weave ...
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Overview

Do you really know your neighbors, America? Look again. Look closer. This darkly comic short story collection focuses on ordinary people caught in all manner of conundrums, fiascoes, and legal dilemmas, much of it their own stinking fault. Set mostly in Atlanta (capital of the "Dirty South"), Dirtyville Rhapsodies features everyday folks who overcome vice and personal tragedy, scoundrels so foul they attract news headlines, and the wayward souls who find salvation in society's crevasses. Some of them will weave meaning from pratfalls, devastating loss, and downright stupidity. And some won't.
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Editorial Reviews

Paste Magazine - Charles McNair
"This collection feels like a modern American neighborhood. Here stands a story with a secret. There stands a story with a missing child. Up the block lives the narcissist weight-lifter and, a few houses over, a couple off on a honeymoon that changes everything. Josh Green reports from the literary homeland with a lion's heart and a steady hand. This fine book belongs on the shelf with any other collection published in recent years."
Author of "Dragging Wyatt Earp" - Robert Rebein
"Dirtyville Rhapsodies is a stunning, rollercoaster ride of a book. Sit back and get ready to have the top of your head ripped clean off."
St. John's College, Oxford University - Patrick Hayes
"Dirtyville Rhapsodies combines a sharp-eyed satirical verve with pathos and compassion. These richly observed stories navigate the often bewildering terrain of contemporary America, from the hallucinatory reality of breastfeeding clinics to the spandex paradise of membership gyms. Josh Green has a fine grasp of the rhythms of everyday life, and his sustained verbal inventiveness brings a compelling power to this remarkable collection."
Author of "Attraction" and "When We Were Slugs" - James Manlow
"That tragedy and comedy go hand-in-hand is implicitly understood and used by Mr. Green to maximum effect: when the humor comes--and there is plenty--it is of the caliber to make a reader on a public bench turn to a stranger and grin. The stories in Dirtyville Rhapsodies display an already maturing talent and are a fine credit to the genre."
Author of "Spooky Action at a Distance and Other Stories" and "Behold Faith and Other Stories" - Tom Noyes
"Characters in Josh Green's stories are, to echo Shakespeare's Brutus, 'bound in shallows and in miseries,' but that's not all they are. They're more than the sum of their sorrows, more than by-products of loss and unfulfilled desire. Green's crackling, true-hearted prose allows us to see behind the sometimes hilariously sorrowful curtains of his heroes' troublesome lives and re-discover for ourselves the potentially redemptive power of empathy."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781937056636
  • Publisher: Parkgate Press
  • Publication date: 5/14/2013
  • Pages: 244
  • Sales rank: 1,361,817
  • Product dimensions: 5.83 (w) x 8.27 (h) x 0.55 (d)

Meet the Author

Josh Green's work has appeared in The Los Angeles Review, The Baltimore Review, Atlanta magazine, Creative Loafing (Atlanta), Indianapolis Monthly, Ascent, New South, Lake Effect, and many other venues. By day, he's a freelance magazine writer and award-winning crime reporter with a metro Atlanta newspaper. He lives in the city, with his wife and daughter, and is at work on his first novel.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 29, 2013

    This is simply a fun, crazy read. A great collection of stories.

    This is simply a fun, crazy read. A great collection of stories.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2013

    I bought this at the recommendation of a former professor, and f

    I bought this at the recommendation of a former professor, and found it to be a great read. A lot of diversity to the stories, from funny to somewhat looney to kind of sad,but in an interesting way. Will recommend this as a great summer read. - Gerald, Indianapolis

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