Clifford Garstang In an Uncharted Country

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In an Uncharted Country

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The award-winning stories that make up this linked collection showcase ordinary men and women in and around Rugglesville, Virginia, as they struggle to find places and identities in their families and the community. They experience natural disasters, a sun-worshipping cult, Vietnam flashbacks, kidnapping, addiction, and loss. The book's opening story, "Flood, 1978," follows Hank, who comes to understand his father's deep sense of grief over the death of his wife. Later, in "Hand-painted Angel," Hank's sons see the family spinning apart as their father ages and family secrets are disclosed. In "The Clattering of Bones," Walt mourns the collapse of his marriage after the loss of a child, but in the collection's title story he recognizes his emotional need for family. The concluding story, "Red Peony," unifies the collection, as many of the book's characters come together for a tumultuous 4th of July Celebration.Awards:

  • Gold Medal, Best Fiction-Mid-Atlantic, Independent Publisher (IPPY)
  • Maria Thomas Fiction Award (Peace Corps Worldwide)

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"This collection delivers on its title: each story takes us into an area--emotional and geographic--that we may not have been before. There is an impressive variety here, and Garstang's ability as a storyteller is on display each time. These characters are real, vulnerable, and always, in unique ways, brave." --Elizabeth Strout, author of Pulitzer Prize-winner Olive Kitteridge"In an Uncharted Country is an impeccably written, sumptuously imagined, and completely enchanting book of stories, each with its own high ambitions, each successful both as prose and as story. Clifford Garstang is the real thing--a writer loaded with talent. And this book is a reminder of the delightful miracles a good story can perform in a reader's heart." -- Tim O'Brien, author of The Things They Carried and National Book Award-winner Going After Cacciato."In an Uncharted Country is a subtly braided collection of spare, taut stories that conjures a community and a way of life with respect, affection and intimacy. Clifford Garstang often captures his characters at sharp moments of loss, but it is their dogged perseverance in the face of those losses that make these figures move us." -- Peter Ho Davies, author of The Welsh Girl and winner of the 2008 PEN/Malamud Award for Short Fiction

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Clifford Garstang grew up in the Midwest and received a BA from Northwestern University. After serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer in South Korea, he earned an MA in English and a JD, both from Indiana University, and practiced international law in Singapore, Chicago, and Los Angeles with one of the largest law firms in the United States. Subsequently, he earned an MPA in International Development from Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government and worked for Harvard Law School as a legal reform consultant in Almaty, Kazakhstan. From 1996 to 2001 he was Senior Counsel for East Asia at the World Bank in Washington, D.C., where his work concentrated on China, Indonesia, and Vietnam.Garstang received an MFA in Creative Writing from Queens University of Charlotte in 2003. His work has appeared in Virginia Quarterly Review, Shenandoah, The Ledge, The Baltimore Review, The Tampa Review, and elsewhere, and has received Distinguished Mention in the Best American Series. He won the 2006 GSU Review Fiction Prize and is a Fellow of the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.

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