The Shame of What We Are

The Shame of What We Are

by Sam Gridley

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The American 1950s--a simpler, more innocent age? Not for an awkward, nerdy kid like Art Dennison. As Art grows up with a father who can explode at any time and a mother who doesn't fit the required role, his life sometimes feels surreal. The "pieces" of this slyly humorous, compassionate novel reflect Art's fragmentary experience in a family always on the move--from one temporary home to another, from East Coast to West, always seeking the elusive American dream.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940013665729
Publisher: New Door Books
Publication date: 01/18/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 199
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

After being born in Pittsburgh, Sam Gridley lived in Camden, Providence, Bristol, Westchester, Palos Verdes Estates, Torrance, Redondo Beach, Northridge, Culver City, Berkeley, Oakland, Cambridge, Brighton, London, Palo Alto, Bellefonte, Baltimore, Lyndhurst, Rutherford, and perhaps other communities he has forgotten. This was before the age of 29. Since then he has settled in Philadelphia and scarcely budged. Married for many years, Sam has two grown children, one growing dog and a small backyard where several gerbils are buried.

Sam's fiction and satire have appeared in more than thirty magazines and anthologies. He has received two fellowships from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and a Wallace Stegner Fellowship from Stanford University.

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