The Practical Heart by Allan Gurganus
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The award-winning author of Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All returns with four intriguing novellas--"The Practical Heart," "Preservation News," "He's One, Too" about a pillar of the community whose attraction to boys turns him into a pariah, and "Saint Monster," a love story that celebrates one boy's feelings for his father. 35,000 first printing.
 

About Allan Gurganus

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Alan Gurganus's, books include White People and Oldest Confederate Widow Tells All. Winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, Gurganus is a Guggenheim Fellow and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Adaptations of his fiction have earned four Emmys. A resident of his native North Carolina, he lives in a village of six thousand souls.
 
Published January 1, 2001 by Alfred A. Knopf.
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The four novellas in this collection by Gurganus (Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All, etc.) divide neatly into stylistic halves. The first two, "The Pr

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Allan Gurganus's new book is subtitled ''four novellas,'' leading us to expect an assortment of fiction either too short to be novels or too long to be short stories.

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But the second chapter in this story takes us behind the scenes of the fiction, showing how Muriel, a stubborn, fragile woman, became her nephew-narrator's first guide to life outside of parochial Falls, N.C.

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