That's True of Everybody (Hardcover)

By Mark Winegardner

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 9780151008643, 256pp.

Publication Date: July 1, 2002



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.

Praise For That's True of Everybody


"[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)