Monday's Meal

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In these stories, Les Edgerton has carved out a literary turf in the bars of New Orleans and the small towns of Texas, in the gullibility of tourists carrying their go-cups on the streets of the Big Easy, in the gaping seams between bars in the Pendleton Reformatory of Indiana, in the poverty of the hill people in the South, in the difficulties of love and sex and what keeps pulling man and woman in each other's direction. The author has a wonderfully poignant way of dealing with people often called losers, and ...
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Overview


In these stories, Les Edgerton has carved out a literary turf in the bars of New Orleans and the small towns of Texas, in the gullibility of tourists carrying their go-cups on the streets of the Big Easy, in the gaping seams between bars in the Pendleton Reformatory of Indiana, in the poverty of the hill people in the South, in the difficulties of love and sex and what keeps pulling man and woman in each other's direction. The author has a wonderfully poignant way of dealing with people often called losers, and his affection for his characters is what gives his writing a luminosity that is ultimately the strength of these stories.
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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
This collection of short fiction by the author of The Death of Tarpons (LJ 3/15/96) contains considerable variety of tone, voice, and subject matter, but the majority of the stories fall into two distinct groups. A large number of stories focus on troubled and deeply self-absorbed men who seem surprised to find themselves in failed romantic relationships. These men stoically endure the collapse of relationships they have helped destroy, and Edgerton handles the psychological complexities of both his male and his female protagonists very effectively. A number of other stories focus on marginal Pulp Fiction types who are haunted by personal demons and are drawn to violence. In stories that range in tone from the comic and farcical to the darkly tragic and grim, Edgerton draws memorable portraits of these dangerous and unpredictable characters. Many of the stories in this collection are set in and around New Orleans, and Edgerton describes this milieu well. Recommended.Patrick Sullivan, Manchester Community-Technical Coll., Ct.
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YAThis collection of 21 unsettling stories will appeal to readers looking for nontraditional contemporary plots with characters living on the fringes of society. These strange tales often revolve around macabre happenings, such as dismemberment, murder, kidnapping, cannibalism, or death. Many are set in the French Quarter of New Orleans with its jazz musicians, numerous bars, night walkers, and even voodoo. Several selections will haunt readers for some time as events often take a morbid twist; others will leave them wondering about the endings. YAs who enjoy reading Stephen King or watching The Twilight Zone will eat up these unique, often gruesome, at times humorous, short stories.Dottie Kraft, formerly at Fairfax County Public Schools, VA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781574410266
  • Publisher: University of North Texas Press
  • Publication date: 6/16/1997
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Pages: 222
  • Product dimensions: 5.61 (w) x 8.49 (h) x 0.64 (d)

Meet the Author


Les Edgerton, born and raised in Texas, lives in Ft. Wayne, Indiana. In 1993, he was declared “one of Indiana's Best Writers” by Arts Indiana. His fiction and nonfiction works have been published in a variety of literary publications, and he teaches UCLA's online creative writing courses.
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Table of Contents

Washday 1
Blue Skies 3
I Shoulda Seen a Credit Arranger 13
It's Different 33
Broken Seashells 39
Princess 47
Hard Times 54
Sheets 69
Lights and Darks 71
The Jazz Player 73
The Bad Part of Town 87
My Idea of a Nice Thing 92
Ten Cents a Dance 106
Dream Flyer 120
Rubber Band 126
A Shortness of Breath 135
Monday's Meal 149
The Last Fan 151
The Mockingbird Cafe 163
Telemarketing 173
The Tourist 187
Toothache 194
Phone Call 200
Voodoo Love 206
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