Man from Kinvara: Selected Stories

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Selected stories from a renowned poet and prose writer “who savors the elegance of simplicity and whose stories resonate and linger” (The New York Times Book Review)

Tess Gallagher’s vivid and rewarding short stories bear witness to the intimate details and subtle revelations of daily life. Set mostly in Gallagher’s native Pacific Northwest and drawn from her two widely acclaimed collections, The Lover of Horses and At the Owl Woman Saloon, these stories contain the lives of ...

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Overview

Selected stories from a renowned poet and prose writer “who savors the elegance of simplicity and whose stories resonate and linger” (The New York Times Book Review)

Tess Gallagher’s vivid and rewarding short stories bear witness to the intimate details and subtle revelations of daily life. Set mostly in Gallagher’s native Pacific Northwest and drawn from her two widely acclaimed collections, The Lover of Horses and At the Owl Woman Saloon, these stories contain the lives of loggers, bartenders, bear wrestlers, gamblers, Avon ladies, horse whisperers,

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“[Gallagher’s] stories are very quiet and warm, and, at the same time, earthy and emotional.” —Haruki Murakami

“In story after story, Tess Gallagher’s men and women fight off the stupor, the small-heartedness, of ordinary life, and find themselves bathed in a sudden, miraculous light. This is lovely writing, exact and startling. What a pleasure to be reminded of the world’s haunting strangeness.” —David Long, author of The Inhabited World

“Tess Gallagher illuminates the lives of her everyday characters with lyrical prose, deep respect for their small concerns, and joy at their foibles and wisdom.” —The Seattle Times

“In Gallagher’s deft hands, it is plain to see that comedy and tragedy are two sides of the same coin.” —Entertainment Weekly

Publishers Weekly

Poet Gallagher, encouraged into fiction by her third husband, short story master Raymond Carver, has published two prior collections-The Lover of Horses and At the Owl Woman Saloon. The present collection culls from those works; a standout from Lovers, "Girls," profiles an elderly woman who visits an old friend who no longer recognizes her, but the two seniors manage to reconnect like teenagers, holding hands and gossiping about men. In the later collection, Owl Woman, the impact of Carver's death is obvious; people struggling with death and loss abound. "I Got a Guy Once" is a heavy-handed working-class narrative of logging in decline. "My Gun" is equally contrived: a woman looking into buying a weapon after her husband's death is a thinly veiled hack job about the pros and cons of owning a gun. The author's voice is so different in the two periods (the early stories are gems) and the body of work so slim that the reason behind this collection is elusive. (Sept.)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781555975371
  • Publisher: Graywolf Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/2009
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Tess Gallagher is a poet, fiction writer, and essayist. She is the author of Dear Ghosts, and of Barnacle Soup: Stories from the West of Ireland with Josie Gray. She lives in Port Angeles, Washington.

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