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George Singleton

USA flag (b.1958)

George Singleton is a Southern author who has written seven collections of short stories, two novels, and an instructional book on writing fiction. He was born in Anaheim, California and raised in Greenwood, South Carolina.

Genres: Literary Fiction
   Novel (2005)
   Work Shirts for Madmen (2007)
   These People Are Us (2001)
   The Half-Mammals of Dixie (2002)
   Why Dogs Chase Cars (2004)
   Drowning in Gruel (2006)
   Stray Decorum (2012)
   Between Wrecks (2014)
   Calloustown (2015)
   Staff Picks (2019)
   You Want More (2020)
   The Curious Lives of Nonprofit Martyrs (2023)
George Singleton recommends
Shadowselves (2022)
Jason Ockert
"Devotees of Steven Millhauser, Karen Russell, Kevin Brockmeier, and George Saunders might be choosing a new favorite writer after devouring Jason Ockert's Shadowselves. This collection offers nothing but off-center, believable characters lodged in off-center, though believable, situations. Throw Barthelme in there, too and - perhaps oddly - Carver. What an astounding accomplishment."
The Uncollected Stories of Allan Gurganus (2021)
Allan Gurganus
"These nine stories provide a masterclass in How to Write a Story. I’m not sure how Mr. Gurganus can offer Comical, Tragic, Tender, Frightening, Soulful, Hopeful, and Despairing elements within every story, but it’s true. Perfect protagonists and their enemies. What the heck took so long for these remarkable uncollected stories to discover a binding? This collection deserves to be on the same shelf as Carver, Cheever, and O’Connor."
Liars (2017)
Steven Gillis
"Steven Gillis was born to write Liars, the mesmerizing, noirish story of Eric McCanus, a writer, professor, music aficionado, bon vivant. This lyrical, fast-paced novel is chock-full of intrigue, slight paranoia, plans gone awry, and outright mystery. One couple, pushing the same grocery cart, serves as Gillis’s madeleine. And then the reader’s taken on one fun bumpy jolting ride."

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Books containing stories by George Singleton
New Stories from the South 2010 (2010)
The Year's Best
(New Stories from the South)
edited by
Amy Hempel

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