Alligator Dance (Paperback)


By Janet Peery

Picador, 9780312180386, 224pp.

Publication Date: March 15, 1998

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With the same piercing vision that distinguishes her novel The River Beyond The World, Janet Peery unveils a stunning collection of stories. Settled mostly in the American Southwest, her characters-men and women caught between two places, literal and figurative-try to understand the mysteries that overarch or undergird their lives.

About the Author

Janet Peery is the author of Alligator Dance (stories), What the Thunder Said (a novella and stories), and the novel The River Beyond the World, which was a finalist for the National Book Award. She has received numerous honors for her fiction including the Rosenthal Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Whiting Foundation, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts, among others. She lives in Cape Charles, Virginia.

Praise For Alligator Dance: Stories

“A seasoned storyteller . . . Wisdom, grace, humor, love-these are just a few of the virtues the years have taught Ms. Peery.” —Paul Scott Malone, The Dallas Morning News

“Where are words of praise for superb writing in this day of wasted superlatives? Janet Peery's debut collection of short stories . . . deserves such words . . . This is writing of the highest order.” —The Virginia Quarterly Review

“Wonderfully engaging, verbally interesting page by page, thoughtful and earnest in its concern with moral issues. This is a wonderful book!” —Rosellen Brown