Novel by George Singleton

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Set in the town of Gruel, South Carolina, this first novel by George Singleton, master of the comic short story, is the tale of a young man named Novel (his brother's name is James; his sister's is Joyce), a professional snake handler who stumbles across strange doings while he sits in a motel room writing his autobiography. As he struggles to recount his life story, he uncovers-and finds himself starring in-a decades-old town secret, one that can blow him and his fellow citizens sky-high. Funny as only George Singleton can be, full of Southern mischief and wit, Novel is a crazed and crazy fictional whirlwind of drinking, motel-living, art-forgery-committing, pool-playing redneck charm.

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GEORGE SINGLETON lives in Pickens County, South Carolina, with ceramicist Glenda Guion and their mixture of strays. More than a hundred of his stories have been published nationally in magazines and anthologies. He teaches writing at the South Carolina Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities.
Published June 5, 2006 by Mariner Books. 364 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Rowan is an outspoken, overweight, top-notch secretary at a successful law firm.

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Novel (so named by his ex-concert-pianist parents, because it seemed to fit with those of his older adopted Irish orphan siblings James and Joyce), having lost his job as an itinerant advocate for snakes’ rights (and ecological usefulness)—which is actually a cover for the subversive speeches Nov...

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What sustains Billerbeck's novel is the fact that each Christian needs to take his/ her own path to ... Reviewed by Bethanne Kelly Patrick on March 7, 2004.

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Suite 101

In the world of Camrithia, angels walk the Earth, and a young man serves his king while loving the princess.

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George Singleton's debut novel features a hero named Novel, two Irish cousins named James and Joyce and a baker named Maura-Lee who is famous for her Jesus Crust.

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Hazlitt wrote of Candide that “Each sentence is telling and it reads like one sentence.” Though he seems serenely without philosophical ambitions, the British artist and puzzle-maker Graham Rawle has likewise written an adult fairy tale that reads with the swiftness of one sentence—a compelling a...

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