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God Bless America

A collection of stories by

Steve Almond offers a comic and forlorn portrait of these United States: our lust for fame, our racial tensions, the toll of perpetual war, and the pursuit of romantic happiness.

In the exuberant title story, a hapless would-be actor, desperate to escape the drudgery of his existence, lands the role of a lifetime. In "Donkey Greedy, Donkey Gets Punched," reprinted in Best American Short Stories, a psychoanalyst with a secret gambling addiction squares off over the poker table against a damaged ex-patient. In "First Date Back," a young woman becomes the target of a traumatized soldier's misguided hopes for love. And "A Dream of Sleep," the collection's final story, presents a grief-stricken refugee who tends the graves of a forgotten cemetery, only to have his fragile peace shattered by an unwelcome visitor.

Each of these thirteen stories is an urgent investigation of America's soul, its particular suffering, its injustices, its possibilities for redemption. With deft sleight of hand, Almond, "a writer who knows us as well as we know ourselves" (Houston Chronicle), leavens his disappointment and outrage with a persistent hope for the men and women who inhabit his worlds. God Bless America offers us an astonishing vision of our collective fate, rendered in Almond's signature style of "precise strokes . . . with metaphors so original and spot-on that they read like epiphanies" (San Francisco Chronicle).


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"Steve Almond's work is funny and beguiling and completely original." - Laurie Moore

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Paperback Editions

October 2011 : USA Paperback

Title: God Bless America: Stories
Author(s): Steve Almond
ISBN: 0-9845922-3-7 / 978-0-9845922-3-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Lookout Books
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Kindle Editions

October 2011 : USA Kindle edition

Title: God Bless America: Stories
Author(s): Steve Almond
Publisher: Lookout Books (UNCW)
Availability: Amazon