That's True of Everybody

By Mark Winegardner
(Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Hardcover, 9780151008643, 256pp.)

Publication Date: July 2002

Other Editions of This Title: Paperback

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Description

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.




About the Author

Mark Winegardner is the author of the novel The Veracruz Blues and three books of nonfiction. A regular contributor to GQ, he has also published work in the New York Times Magazine, Playboy, Esquire, Ploughshares, TriQuarterly, Doubletake, and other magazines. He is a professor of English and director of the Creative Writing Program at Florida State University in Tallahassee, where he lives with his wife and daughter.




Praise For That's True of Everybody

PRAISE FOR CROOKED RIVER BURNING

"[Winegardner's] main achievement is a narrative voice . . . one that's distinctly his own."--Los Angeles Times
"An ambitious novel . . . Winegardner infuses his tale with an invigorating energy."--Publishers Weekly (starred)
"This monumental tale of events great and small . . . should not be missed."--Library Journal (starred)

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