The Rooster Trapped in the Reptile Room

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The Rooster Trapped in the Reptile Room

A Barry Gifford Reader

By Barry Gifford; Thomas A. McCarthy (Editor); Andrei Codrescu (Foreword by)

Seven Stories Press, Paperback, 9781583225257, 439pp.

Publication Date: May 6, 2003

"Everything I have to say about race and religion and politics is in the novels," declares Barry Gifford. The Rooster Trapped in the Reptile Room gathers generous portions of all thirteen novels and novellas, as well as first-person essays, generous helpings of poetry, journalism, and a new interview with the author. The broad contours of an episodic output emerge--a full-length view of the freaks and freakish incidents that populate Gifford's unique human comedy. A world, as Lula, the author's favorite of all his characters, reflects, "wild at heart and weird on top."
The Rooster Trapped in the Reptile Room provides essential reading for anyone after the soul of American writing.

About the Author
Barry Gifford is a celebrated writer whose novels have been translated into twenty-five languages. He has received awards from PEN, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Writers Guild of America, and his novel "Wind at Heart" was turned into a film by David Lynch.

Thomas A. McCarthy lives in New York City.

A poet, novelist, essayist, screenwriter, and commentator for NPR s "All Things Considered", ANDREI CODRESCU is the MacCurdy Distinguished Professor of English at Louisiana State University and the editor of the literary journal "Exquisite Corpse".