These People Are Us

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Once you start reading George Singleton's eagerly awaited first book of stories, a strange thing happens: You discover that the characters sound like people you know—people who are trying hard to make sense of modern absurdities.
With a style all his own, Singleton fashions a world that wins our hearts but teases our senses: how to find a black-market sonogram so your pregnant wife won't find out you accidentally taped over the original; how to help your father and everyone else...

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Overview

Once you start reading George Singleton's eagerly awaited first book of stories, a strange thing happens: You discover that the characters sound like people you know—people who are trying hard to make sense of modern absurdities.
With a style all his own, Singleton fashions a world that wins our hearts but teases our senses: how to find a black-market sonogram so your pregnant wife won't find out you accidentally taped over the original; how to help your father and everyone else in town fake being hit by a tornado to get emergency government funds; and why not to look for your next wife at your local recycling center.
Step into Singleton's world and you'll see why he is earning a reputation as one of the funniest, wisest, and most surprising Southern writers of his generation—and why he was named one of the "new writers you need to know" by Book Magazine.

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PRAISE FOR THESE PEOPLE ARE US

"George Singleton has the singular voice of a down-home schizophrenic. His stories are crazy mad fun."—Playboy

"Plenty of sharp-witted humor . . . A raconteur of trends, counter-trends, obsessions and odd characters."—Morning Edition, NPR

"Every page has a sentence worth reading over again just to savor the image."—Winston-Salem Journal

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
A bouncer videotapes an episode of Bonanza over his wife's sonogram and scrambles to find a replacement, an ex-poet takes a job driving a van that provides mammograms, and an office-supply salesman falls for a woman from an all-girl wrestling revue in a town called Kingdom Come in George Singleton's These People Are Us. While the collection as a whole suffers from a uniformity of tone (all the baffled, overeducated narrators are basically the same guy) and theme (the scratch-yer-head differences between the sexes plus a dose of late 20th-century cultural malaise), taken individually these are fine stories odd, amusing and insightful. (River City ( Mar.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780156012744
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 9/16/2002
  • Edition description: First Harvest Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 254
  • Product dimensions: 5.25 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.58 (d)

Meet the Author

GEORGE SINGLETON lives in Pickens County, South Carolina, with ceramicist Glenda Guion and their mixture of strays. More than a hundred of his stories have been published nationally in magazines and anthologies. He teaches writing at the South Carolina Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities.

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Table of Contents

Remember Why We're Here 1
Outlaw Head and Tail 17
How I Met My Second Wife 33
Directions for Seeing, Directions for Singing 51
These People Are Us 65
Normal 83
Dialectic, Abrasions, the Backs of Heads Again 97
Cleft for Me 113
Caulk 129
Rentals 147
Santyana Speaks Through Me 163
I Could've Told You If You Hadn't Asked 179
The Ruptures and Limits of Absence 195
Crawl Space 225
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  • Posted July 21, 2012

    Kind of like Saturday Night Live...

    You have to sit through a lot of unfunny stuff to get a snippit of occasional mild humor. But.. you keep reading it thinking Steve Martin might show up for a guest appearance

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2001

    Terrific Acid-Tough Stories

    George Singleton is a terrific writer of short stories! His work, published in Playboy and many quality quarterlies, is collected for the first time in 'These People Are Us.' I found it side-splitting funny and touching down to the core. Please give us more of George Singleton's work. It resonates with great meaning.

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