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Go Love

Go Love

by Michael Gills
     
 

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Josephine Stepwell Harvell is certainly not lucky in love; from Buddy Washer, the Arizona mistake, who got her pregnant and then got arrested trying to smuggle weed in the belly of a Santa Claus suit, to O.W., a truck driving brawler who pawns everything including her sewing machine to cover bets, Josephine knows that love isn't easy. Go Love's muddy relationships

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Josephine Stepwell Harvell is certainly not lucky in love; from Buddy Washer, the Arizona mistake, who got her pregnant and then got arrested trying to smuggle weed in the belly of a Santa Claus suit, to O.W., a truck driving brawler who pawns everything including her sewing machine to cover bets, Josephine knows that love isn't easy. Go Love's muddy relationships finally twist together amidst the weirdness of a southern funeral in Lonoke, Arkansas, a place where housewives string cottonmouth water moccasins from tree limbs to tease out rain, or to make a man impotent for cheating. Anything at all's possible in such a place. Just as the African women shout out during the funeral, go love is the command the novel's inhabitants must finally live by, even when life offers up a truckload of reasons to do the contrary. Even if it kills us-go love.

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Book Reviewer
…incredibly complex…
Susan Perry
GO LOVE, a debut novel by Michael Gills, offers a fresh perspective on the struggle to love and to be worthy of love, the impossibility and the necessity of loving.
Julianna Baggott
Michael Gills’ vivid, headstrong characters brim with desire, blame, and—most of all—rich storytelling at its heartiest. Gills writes the saga of the Stepwells with such breadth and depth that their lives seem both historic and intimate. Go Love is a murderous, tender, swaggering tale that, in the end, is an unwavering argument in favor of love—the uncompromising variety—and Gills is absolutely convincing.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781935738152
Publisher:
Raw Dog Screaming Press
Publication date:
10/27/2011
Pages:
180
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.56(d)

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Meet the Author

Michael Gills’ first collection of short fiction, Why I Lie, was published by U. of Nevada Press/2002. It won a Utah Book Prize, was a finalist for the Arkansas’ Porter Prize and was chosen as a top literary debut by The Southern Review. A second collecion, The Death of Bonnie and Clyde, will be out from Texas Review Press in October 2011, the title story of which won Southern Humanities Review’s Hoepfner Prize for the best story published there in 2010. A third collection of stories, Eternally Yours, is currently on the market. Gills has published more than forty short stories, received 25 Pushcart nominations, and held the Randall Jarrell Fellowship at the University of North Carolina. He holds additional degrees from the University of Arkansas and the University of Utah where he earned the Ph.D. His fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in New Madrid, Boulevard, The Texas Review and elsewhere. A Utah Established Artist grant recipient, Gills is currently Associate Professor/Lecturer of writing and core faculty for the Honors College at the University of Utah. Go Love is his first novel.

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