That's True of Everybody by Mark Winegardner

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The proprietor of a bowling alley whose artist daughter paints only
phalluses. A ninth-grade girl who marries in haste only to be faced with impotence. A libidinous poet who learns the meaning of harassment. A gifted basketball player whose fraternal twin sister is awarded $200,002 for being pregnant. The life and loves of a professional lawn mower. The life and death of a drive-in movie theater.
All of these elements make up the multicolored canvas of Mark Winegardner's debut short-story collection. Winegardner, whose rich and epic novel, Crooked River Burning, gave the much maligned city of Cleveland, Ohio, a fresh and vibrant aspect, returns to the Midwest that he knows so intimately and casts a piercingly compassionate eye on its denizens who lead lives of not necessarily quiet desperation. The result is a kaleidoscopic picture of a people who are arrogant and humble, faithful and disloyal, driven and floundering-a people who are, finally, America itself.

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Mark Winegardner, whose other books include Prophet of the Sandlots, The Veracruz Blues, and Crooked River Burning, is director of the Creative Writing Program and Janet Burroway Professor of English at Florida State University in Tallahassee.
Published July 25, 2002 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 256 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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In “The Untenured Lecturer,” we meet Phil Workman, another campus hack, who is more of a sad sack than a buffoon (“There was once an earnest man who, in his late thirties, had a heart attack, remarried, bought a high-end personal computer, left his job as a statehouse reporter, and, despite a lac...

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In "Travelers Advisory," a maladjusted young woman goes to a job interview in a blizzard instead of attending her father's memorial service, atoning by leaving messages on her father's answering machine.

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