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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Kensington; First Edition edition (September 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0758205317
  • ISBN-13: 978-0758205315
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.3 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,830,050 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Greg Garrett is an Austin, Texas author who has written or co-written twenty acclaimed books of fiction, nonfiction, and memoir, forty short stories, and innumerable essays, articles, and op-ed pieces. His newest book is The Prodigal, a novel written with the legendary Brennan Manning, which received a starred review in Publishers Weekly. His first novel, Free Bird, was chosen by Publishers Weekly and the Denver Rocky Mountain News as one of the top debuts of 2002, and is one of three books being brought back into print in the summer of 2014 by Austin Heights Books (the others include the novel Cycling and the memoir Crossing Myself). BBC Radio has called Greg "one of America's leading voices on religion and culture," and his books exploring spirituality and suffering, film, U2, Harry Potter, and other topics have been widely read and used in classrooms, book groups, and churches. Greg is a past winner of the Pirate's Alley William Faulkner Prize for Fiction and a CASE Gold Medal for nonfiction, and is an elected member of the Texas Institute of Letters.

You may have heard (or read) Greg talking about his writing in person or in the media. A speaker who has appeared across the US and in Europe, his work has been covered by The New Yorker, USA Today, The New York Times, The Christian Science Monitor, BBC Radio, BBC Scotland, National Public Radio, CBS Radio, msnbc.com, The Bob Edwards Show, The National Review, Poets & Writers, Commonweal, Men's Health, and many other broadcast, print, and web publications. Greg also writes regularly for Patheos, The Huffington Post, OnFaith, and for print and web publications ranging from The Washington Post to Poets & Writers. His next project will be a book for Oxford University Press on the afterlife in literature and culture, Entertaining Judgment, which will appear in January 2015.

Greg is the 2013 Baylor Centennial Professor at Baylor University, where he has taught since 1989. He also serves as Writer in Residence at the Episcopal Theological Seminary of the Southwest, Residential Scholar at Gladstone's Library in Hawarden, Wales, and as a licensed lay preacher based at St. David's Episcopal Church in Austin, Texas. His heroes include Martin Luther King, Barbara Jordan, Henry David Thoreau, Robert F. Kennedy, Desmond Tutu, and Stevie Ray Vaughn. His favorite authors include PD James, Walker Percy, Graham Greene, Nick Hornby, Barbara Brown Taylor (are you really still reading this?), Scott Fitzgerald, Ben Fountain, Rowan Williams, and Anne Lamott. His favorite color is blue (No, yellow!), his favorite guitar is a Taylor GS-7 acoustic, and he prefers both green and red chile (Christmas!) on his blue corn enchiladas. When he isn't traveling, Greg lives in Austin with his family.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Paul R. Soupiset on October 29, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Cycling stands as an inventive -- at times gripping -- ride, and is one of the few books that this reviewer has ever devoured in a single sitting.
Garrett's brand of literary realism offers crisp details -- the barking dogs lurching at a blur of bicycle spokes, the Mexican Coca Colas Hector Portillo sells in his midtown store, the levity and gravity found amidst friends wrangling 900 pounds of dry-weight concrete, and a defunct East Waco soul food café called Martha's -- through all this he allows his characters to find their skin within his photorealistic microcosm.
Throughout the narrative, the shifting weather patterns (important for any cyclist) punctuate the story's trajectory. Overheard songs conspire to comment on the character's emotions and actions like a transistored Greek chorus. The characters that interact with Cannon are birthed from a rich intersection of genteel Southern life, Western American culture, and a Baptist/Christian subculture that is so much a part of Waco. Even "bit characters" are presented in such a way that you believe each one has their own novel waiting to be excavated.
In the end, Cycling conveys an unmistakable (yet complex) grace, much like the final scenes Garrett's first novel, Free Bird.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 27, 2003
Format: Hardcover
If you enjoy a story with characters that are flawed but real, and who grow and change, then you'll enjoy Cycling. With humor and consideration for his characters, Greg Garrett makes this slice of fictional "real life" very believable. I wanted to know what was going to happen -- it's real storytelling.
Highly recommended!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 3, 2003
Format: Hardcover
This is a wonderful book!
If you ever attended Baylor University, lived in Central Texas, rode a bike, or were related to a tormented writer you should order this book now. Brad Cannon along with his friends, lovers, and colleagues weave together a story that is as satisfying as a Big O at Georges (a waco greasy spoon that serves a large cold beer). The Waco Chamber of Commerce should buy these books in bulk and give them away by the dozens - it paints a picture of a friendly college town that seems to be ignored in the media frenzy of Dennehy or Koresh.
Garrett has an unmistakable gift in telling real and powerful stories, I give it two thumbs up!
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By Derek Haas on November 30, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Garrett has an eye and an ear for authentic Texas. The story is told with great depth by a flawed but charming narrator, a man who unflinchingly shows us his heart, even when he doesn't understand its longings himself. A really wonderful book.
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