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The Collected Works of Scott McClanahan Vol. 1 Paperback – May 28, 2012
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Top Customer Reviews
His first two short story books are collected here, beginning with a strange introduction by Black Butler.
Standouts include: "The Rainelle Story," about One Armed Johnny and how he became that way; "The Homeless Guy," about a man who loses his sanity (and everything else) after a bum throws a bologna sandwich at his truck; and "The Prettiest Girl in Texas," about a stripper with a special gift. In fact, most stories in this book could qualify as a favorite.
There is even an afterword where ("ARE YOU READY?") writer Sam Pink discusses his fantasy of wanting to strangle McClanahan to death, which is very entertaining.
Here, McClanahan offers up a fresh take on southern storytelling which newer generations (those too young and/or inexperienced to have discovered Larry Brown/Richard Ford/Bobbie Anne Mason) can enjoy.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love this guy's short stories! Definitely worth a read if that's your bag.Published 16 months ago by Don Pedro
This was like listening to an interesting new friend tell about his life in another part of the country, only much better. Read morePublished 19 months ago by amazon customer
This collection of stories is actually superior to Crapalachia, I do believe. Not one story isn't just right. Good stuff.Published on April 29, 2014 by Jay Hampton
Don't spend all day reading amazon reviews, just buy the book, and follow the coal train into the mountains of WV, because you won't be disappointed.Published on February 23, 2014 by Lucas Burkett