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Calloustown by George Singleton

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Calloustown by George Singleton


Calloustown by George Singleton


Publication Date: November 10, 2015
Paperback:  272 pages
ISBN: 978-1-938103-16-2

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Calloustown, the seventh collection from master raconteur George Singleton, who’s been praised by the Atlanta Journal Constitution as the “unchallenged king of the comic Southern short story,” finds the author at the top of his game as he traces the unlikely inhabitants of the fictional Calloustown in all their humanity. Whether exploring family, religion, politics, or the true meaning of home, these stories range from deeply affecting to wildly absurd and back again in the blink of an eye.

Praise for Calloustown

"George Singleton works territory that is not terribly fashionable these days but is durably appealing: wacko-Southern." 

The New York Times

“The people of Calloustown—George Singleton’s brilliant new collection—are as hard-bitten and worn down as the title suggests, but in the hands of Singleton, without a doubt one of the very finest storytellers out there,there are veins of redemption and compassion at every turn, not to mention the trademark exhilarating humor and wit that grace all the Singleton writes. He is one of the funniest writers out there and also one of the wisest.”

Jill McCorkle, author of July 7 and Life after Life

“If you read only one book this year, make it Calloustown. George Singleton is the best kind of genius, a mad one, and while his stories are acts of mad genius, they are also acts of great skill, acts of great compassion, acts of great intelligence. These are stories not to be missed” 

Tom Franklin, author of Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter and Hell at the Breech

About George Singleton

George Singleton has published seven collections of stories, two novels, and a book of non-fiction. His work has appeared in Atlantic Monthly, Harper’s, Playboy, Georgia Review, Tin House, Garden and Gun, Oxford American, Agni, Kenyon Review, Zoetrope, Five Points, New Stories from the South, and elsewhere. He’s received a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Hillsdale Award in Fiction, and a Pushcart Prize. He was inducted into the Fellowship of Southern Writers in 2015. He holds the John C. Cobb Endowed Chair in the Humanities at Wofford College, and lives in Spartanburg, South Carolina.