Poor Advice, winner of the 2015 New Apple Literary Award for short story fiction and the 2016 New York Book Festival Award for fiction, reveals Lou Gaglia’s humor, imagination, and range. An awful poet, dumped by his girlfriend, roams through Italy, where he clearly doesn’t belong. An oil delivery man falls in love with a clumsy woman and becomes even clumsier than she is. A mustache is terrified of being shaved off, and man is jealous of his brother-in-law's ventriloquist dummy. Find these stories and many others in Lou Gaglia’s debut book.
|Publisher:||Spring to Mountain Press|
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About the Author
Lou Gaglia’s story collection Poor Advice and Other Stories won the 2015 New Apple Literary Award for short story fiction. His work has appeared in Main Street Rag, Eclectica, Thrice Fiction Magazine, Forge Journal, Serving House Journal, Hawai'i Review, and many other publications. His second short story collection, Sore Losers, is forthcoming from Spring to Mountain Press in the fall of 2016.. He is a long-time teacher and T’ai Chi Ch’uan practitioner—first in New York City and now in upstate New York. Visit him atwww.lougaglia.com
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Reviewed by Bobbie Grob for Readers' Favorite Poor Advice and Other Stories is a fantastic book of short stories written by Lou Gaglia. I would call these stories "short shorts", as most of them are only a few pages long, making them very easy to read. The stories run the gamut from funny to sweet to weird to complex, and the cast of characters is delightful. From the carpet cleaner with a grudge to a young man making a trek to Rome to forget a lost love, to a Russian spy and an American priest, these stories and their characters will keep readers entertained. Although I enjoy short stories I do prefer novels, so I generally read short stories by Stephen King or some other author whose work I know I'll enjoy. I wasn't sure what to expect when I picked up Poor Advice and Other Stories by Lou Gaglia, but the title was so intriguing, I had to give it a chance. As soon as I started reading Hands, which is a letter to a cashier by her long-suffering secret admirer, I was hooked. The writing is beautiful, the characters are complex - something that is difficult for an author to achieve with only a few pages - and best of all, the voice in each story is unique. So often, a book of short stories ends up sounding like the same story over and over again. Not here. Lou Gaglia is really an excellent story teller. There were one or two stories that I did not care for, but that's to be expected when the stories are so varied, and so many. I would certainly suggest Poor Advice and Other Stories to others, and I will be looking for more of Lou Gaglia's work.