These twenty-four stories, seven new and the rest selected from Johnson’s previous four collections, range from ‘The Metamorphosis,’ in which a young female impersonator is torn to pieces by her fans, to ‘Last Encounter with the Enemy,’ a battle of wills between Flannery O’Connor and a precocious eleven-year-old boy. Other women writers from the past encountered here are Virginia Woolf, Sylvia Plath, and Emily Dickinson. Stories from the new collection have been included in The O. Henry Prize Stories, New Stories from the South: The Year’s Best, and the PEN Syndicated Fiction Project.
Praise for Greg Johnson's Work
For Sticky Kisses
“With the same winning flair and affecting poignancy that propelled his debut novel, Pagan Babies, Johnson effectively harnesses the sweeping notions of family, presenting his own take on the power of blood ties.” —Publishers Weekly
For Pagan Babies
“An impressive, insightful first novel from Johnson, whose short story collections [Distant Friends and Friendly Deceit] earned widespread critical acclaim.” —Library Journal
ABOUT GREG JOHNSON
Greg Johnson is the author of eleven previous books: the novels Pagan Babies and Sticky Kisses; a collection of poetry; a biography of Joyce Carol Oates; three works of literary criticism; and the short story collections Distant Friends, A Friendly Deceit, I Am Dangerous, and Last Encounter With the Enemy. He was named Georgia Author of the Year in 1991 and 1997. His fiction has garnered wide acclaim, from The New York Times,Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and Chicago Tribune to the Dallas Morning News, Los Angeles Times, and San Francisco Chronicle. A professor of English at Kennesaw State University, he lives in Atlanta.