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American Masculine: Stories Paperback – June 21, 2011
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"Shann Ray writes about small western towns and their residents in tough, poetic, and beautiful ways. I recognize many of these people, and that's good, but I'm also surprised and stunned by many others, which is great. Buy the book and read it tonight. You'll love it, too."
"Shann Ray's prose brings to mind Cormac McCarthy and Annie Proulx but is, thankfully, entirely his own. His work is lyrical, prophetic, brutal yet ultimately hopeful."
"American Masculine is a powerful fiction debut. These ten stories reveal Shann Ray's unique voice, his lyrical vision of the West, and his always-eloquent contemplation of the mysteries of grace and forgiveness."
"Written in prose both fierce and elegant, American Masculine is a commanding debut. With stories set in and around the reservation lands of the American West, Shann Ray hones the cutting edge between desire and need, despair and beauty. The scope of these stories and depth of their complexity result in an extraordinary collection that is the gift of an exceptional talent. I am reminded once again, of what it means to encounter genuine grace."
--Claire Davis, author of Winter Range
About the Author
Shann Ray holds a PhD in psychology from the University of Alberta. His work has appeared in McSweeney's, Narrative Magazine, and Story Quarterly. He teaches at Gonzaga University, and lives in Washington State.
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Don't miss Shann Ray's story, "Mrs. Secrest," one of the most perfect short stories I have ever read.
A very talented, big-thinking, generous writer-- definitely someone to watch.