Is That You, John Wayne? by Scott Garson

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Garson has led unwitting watchers into a spotlight, pulling all the in-between moments out of the comforts of their corners and giving them a literary dance far greater than they would have given themselves.
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A paranoid eccentric fixates on the idea that his apartment’s furnishings are being rearranged in his absence, and tries hard to communicate this in the shop where he has a post-office box and where he is, by the manager, loathed. An aging Midwesterner invests in the possibility that the charismatic accompanist who worked with his music teacher years earlier, when he was a child, was in fact a country-western star who’d briefly gone missing after the war. Is That You, John Wayne?—Scott Garson’s debut full-length collection of short fictions—establishes, in its tightest sentence spaces and sweeping narrative scenes, an interface of identity and expression and compulsion and delusion that is nothing short of singular.
 

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Scott Garson is the author of American Gymnopédies, a collection of microfictions (Lit Pub Books). He has stories in or coming from The Kenyon Review, American Short Fiction, Hobart, Conjunctions, New York Tyrant and others. He edits Wigleaf. Erin McKnight has edited fiction for a literary journal and a small press, and holds an MFA in creative writing with a fiction specialization. Her writing has appeared in a number of online and print publications, and has been nominated for Best of the Web, The Best Creative Nonfiction, and the Pushcart Prize. Her flash fiction collection was published by Recycled Karma Press, and her fiction and poetry reviews can be found at Bookslut. Erin lives in Dallas, where she works as a freelance editor and teaches fiction writing in the community college system.
 
Published April 24, 2013 by Queen's Ferry Press. 164 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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on Apr 22 2013

Garson has led unwitting watchers into a spotlight, pulling all the in-between moments out of the comforts of their corners and giving them a literary dance far greater than they would have given themselves.

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