Sad Stories of the Death of Kings
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Praise For Sad Stories of the Death of Kings…
“Deliciously Giffordesque, full of sudden and swift-passing flares of insight, as if lit from within by match flame.” –Jonathan Kiefer, San Francisco Weekly
“Gifford's great talent captures defining moments with the casual grace of anecdote. [He] makes the anecdotal monumental.” –Jonathan Keats, San Francisco Magazine
“Barry Gifford's Sad Stories of the Death of Kings gleams like a stolen silver dollar; one boy's search for wisdom among the hustlers, criminals, and wise guys that reads as evocatively as anything out of Nelson Algren. These stories, sometimes only a page or two, riddled with sharp, subtle dialogue, all glow with the devastating, sometimes gruesome wisdom of Sherwood Anderson and Flannery O'Connor.” –Joe Meno, author of The Great Perhaps and Hairstyles of the Damned
Triangle Square, 9781583229484, 224pp.
Publication Date: November 23, 2010
About the Author
The author of more than forty works of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, which have been translated into over twenty-five languages, BARRY GIFFORD writes distinctly American stories for readers around the globe. From screenplays and librettos to his acclaimed Sailor and Lula novels, Gifford’s writing is as distinctive as it is difficult to classify. Born in the Seneca Hotel on Chicago’s Near North Side, he relocated in his adolescence to New Orleans. The move proved significant: throughout his career, Gifford’s fiction—part-noir, part-picaresque, always entertaining—is born of the clash between what he has referred to as his “Northern Side” and “Southern Side.” Gifford has been recipient of awards from PEN, the National Endowment for the Arts, the American Library Association, the Writers Guild of America and the Christopher Isherwood Foundation. His novel Wild at Heart was adapted into the 1990 Palme d’Or-winning film of the same name. Gifford lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.