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So They Say Collected Stories [Kindle Edition]

Jack Urquhart , Raymond Boyington
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So They Say follows southern-born Rex Fordham on a five-decades-long journey across America, to Europe, and back again. The product of 1950s conformism and self-repression, perennially bulky and awkward as a child and adolescent, Rex sheds a burdensome past to become a successful architect, husband and father; but the same unbendable laws of human attraction that threatened his youth torment him as an adult. When a same-sex affair and an unspeakable loss destroy his marriage, Rex must abandon his search for place and personhood or change course. Post divorce life in San Francisco—where Rex finds hope and passion in the person of entrepreneur Rand Osmond—offers a chance for happiness; but will Rex’s fear of failure and lingering feelings of unworthiness derail his chances for self-acceptance and love—especially when loss once again comes calling?

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About the Author

Jack Andrew Urquhart was born in the American South. Following undergraduate work at the University of Florida, Gainesville, he taught sixth grade and worked with gifted and talented students in Florida’s public schools. After doing time in a small privately-owned Colorado bank, he returned to the classroom to earn a Master of Arts degree in English, Creative Writing, from the University of Colorado at Boulder, where he was the winner of the Harcourt Brace Jovanovich Award for Fiction (1991). His work has appeared online at Clapboard House Literary Journal, Crazyhorse Literary Journal, and Standards: The International Journal of Multicultural Studies. Formerly a writing instructor at the University of Colorado’s Writing Program, Mr. Urquhart was, until recently, a senior analyst for the Judicial Branch of California. The father of two adult children, he currently resides in central Florida with his life-partner, Raymond L. Boyington. Mr. Urquhart can be followed on Twitter: @JackAUrquhart

Product Details

  • File Size: 743 KB
  • Print Length: 680 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1466475196
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Raymond L. Boyington (November 9, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0065KCAFW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,668,253 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Sensitive Portrayal of an Alternative Lifestyle March 9, 2012
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The subtitle of this book is "Collected Stories," but it's really a novel set forth in a series of short pieces that follow the progress of the main character, Rex Fordham, a gay man who is seeking to find both his confidence and a quality human relationship that can provide fulfillment to his life.
The author is a skilled stylist, both in linguistic maneuvers and in his use of poetic elements. The story begins with Rex's childhood in Florida, and the use of dialect suggests that the reader has encountered a piece of Southern fiction. This lasts for only four stories, however, before Rex leaves home.
Most of the stories are told from Rex's POV in the third person, but the second and fourth are first person narrative, and one story (the least successful in my opinion) is couched in the uncommon second person. Six of the stories are told from a different character's POV, thus widening the perspective.
The author creates a sense of immediacy by shifting between present and past tense. The first six stories mostly employ the ordinary past tense; the shifts begin in the seventh, using present tense for immediacy and shifting back to past tense when the POV character is thinking of the past. It's an effective technique, carried out seamlessly.
One could find many examples of the quality of the prose, but space constraints have made me decide to analyze only one story in any depth. The title is "Scree," a simple but subtle narrative of Rex's solitary hike into the Colorado mountains on the day before his wedding with a woman he genuinely cares about but with whom he is not completely comfortable. He is experiencing "calcifying angst" about the wedding and he hopes the exercise will help everything fall into place.
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Jack Andrew Urquhart was born in the American South. Following undergraduate work at the University of Florida, Gainesville, he taught sixth grade and worked with gifted and talented students in Florida's public schools. After doing time in a small privately-owned Colorado bank, he returned to the classroom to earn a Master of Arts degree in English, Creative Writing, from the University of Colorado at Boulder, where he was the winner of the Harcourt Brace Jovanovich Award for Fiction (1991). His work has appeared online at Clapboard House Literary Journal, Crazyhorse Literary Journal, and Standards: The International Journal of Multicultural Studies. He is the author of So They Say, a collection of self-contained, inter-connected stories, published in 2011 as a paperback and as an e-book. Formerly a writing instructor at the University of Colorado's Writing Program, Mr. Urquhart was, until recently, a senior analyst for the Judicial Branch of California. The father of two adult children, he currently resides in central Florida with his life partner, Raymond L. Boyington.
Mr. Urquhart can be followed on Twitter: @JackAUrquhart


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