Aliens of Affection by Padgett Powell

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The idiosyncratic genius of Padgett Powell shines through in nine stories that bend the conventions of short fiction
Padgett Powell’s literary stage is a blurred vision of the American South. His characters are bored, sad, assured, confused, deluded, and often just one step away from madness. The stories they populate are madder still, delivered by a voice enthralling and distinctive.
Whether he’s chronicling a housewife’s encouragement of adolescent lust, following two good ol’ boys on their search for a Chinese healer, or delving into the mind of an unstable moped accident survivor as he awaits a hefty settlement check, Powell revels in the irregularities of the mundane. His people occupy bar stools and strip clubs, pickup truck cabs and mental health clinics, looking for love, drugs, answers. According to the New York Times Book Review, “Mr. Powell is like a fabulous guest at a dinner party, the guy who gets people drinking far too much and licking their dessert plates and laughing at jokes—for which not a few of them will hate themselves in the morning.” 

About Padgett Powell

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Padgett Powell has received the Prix de Rome of the American Academy of Arts & Letters, a Whiting Writer's Award, & a nomination for the National Book Award for his first novel, "Edisto." He resides in Gainesville, Florida.
Published September 10, 2013 by Open Road Media. 150 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, History. Fiction

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This leads into a prose-poem rant by a stroke victim--a defense of silliness and quitting--and ends with the too-long fable of loneliness and twisted desire that takes place along the watchtower, looking over ``a giant spoilbank of broken hearts.'' Powell's other man-boys, who resist being ``prop...

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Fourteen years ago Padgett Powell published a wonderful first novel, Edisto, that made him a favorite with fans of literary fiction.

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