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Read online Local Souls.pdf PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC Local Souls Through memorable language and bawdy humor Gurganus returns to his mythological Falls North Carolina home of em Widow em This first work in a decade offers three novellas mirroring today s face lifted South a zone revolutionized around freer sexuality looser family ties and superior telecommunications yet it celebrates those locals who have chosen to stay local In doing so em Local Souls em uncovers certain old habits adultery incest obsession still very much alive in our New South a Winesburg Ohio with high speed Internet .

Wells Tower says of Gurganus No living writer knows more about how humans matter to each other Such ties of love produce hilarious if wrenching complications Fear Not gives us a banker s daughter seeking the child she was forced to surrender when barely fifteen only to find an adult rescuer she might have invented In Saints Have Mothers a beloved high school valedictorian disappears during a trip to Africa granting her ambitious mother a postponed fame that turns against her And in a dramatic Decoy the doctor patient friendship between two married men breaks toward desire just as a biblical flood shatters their neighborhood and rearranges their fates .

Gurganus finds fresh pathos in ancient tensions between marriage and Eros parenthood and personal fulfillment He writes about erotic hunger and social embarrassment with Twain s knife edged glee By loving Falls Gurganus dramatizes the passing of Hawthorne s small town nation into those Twitter nourished lives we now expect and relish .

Four decades ago John Cheever pronounced Allan Gurganus the most technically gifted and morally responsive writer of his generation em Local Souls em confirms Cheever s prescient faith It deepens the luster of Gurganus s reputation for compassion and laughter His black comedy leaves us with lasting affection for his characters and the aching aftermath of human consequences Here is a universal work about a village by Allan Gurganus

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Local Souls
Title:Local Souls
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Number of Pages:352
Category:fiction, short-stories, contemporary, southern
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