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The Practical Heart

(1993)
A collection of stories by

 
 
In his fictional Falls, North Carolina–a watchful zone of stifling mores–Allan Gurganus’s fond and comical characters risk everything to protect their improbable hopes from prejudice, poverty, betrayal. Seeking warmth and true connection, they shield themselves and loved ones while creating a rarely-glimpsed world of valor, minor grandeur, side-street heroics.

Muriel Fraser, a poor Scottish-born spinster, is the subject of a John Singer Sargent portrait in the imagination of her devoted grand-nephew. Tad Worth, a young man dying of AIDS, finds ways to restore vitality to old friends and 18th-century houses. Overnight, one pillar of the community, accused of child molesting, becomes the village pariah. And Clyde Delman, ugliest if kindest man in Falls, finds the love of his eight-year-old son jeopardized when troubling family secrets arise. In each of these splendid complex tales, Allan Gurganus wrings truths–sometimes bruising, ofttimes warming–from human hearts as immense as they are local.

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Hardback Editions

December 1997 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Practical Heart: Four Novellas
Author(s): Allan Gurganus
ISBN: 0-679-43763-0 / 978-0-679-43763-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Knopf
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December 1993 : USA Hardback
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Title: Practical Heart
Author(s): Allan Gurganus
ISBN: 0-933598-49-1 / 978-0-933598-49-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: North Carolina Wesleyan
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Paperback Editions

August 2002 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Practical Heart: Four Novellas
Author(s): Allan Gurganus
ISBN: 0-375-72763-9 / 978-0-375-72763-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Vintage
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Audio Editions

October 2004 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Practical Heart
Author(s): Allan Gurganus
Publisher: Books on Tape
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October 2004 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Practical Heart
Author(s): Allan Gurganus
Publisher: Books on Tape
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Kindle Editions

September 2010 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Practical Heart: Four Novellas (Vintage Contemporaries)
Author(s): Allan Gurganus
Publisher: Vintage
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