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Stray Decorum, by George Singleton

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Stray Decorum, by George Singleton


Stray Decorum, by George Singleton


Publication Date: October 9, 2012
Paperback: 220 pages
ISBN: 978-1-938103-54-4
Trim: 8.3 x 5.4


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Eleven stories, all previously published in journals like Atlantic MonthlyOxford American, and The Georgia Review, in which George Singleton brings small-town South Carolina alive. Using everyday situations like a dog needing its annual vaccination, and buckets of humorous observations, Singleton pokes and prods his readers into realizing we're all simply restless for a pat on the head.


"Singleton is a raconteur of trends, countertrends, obsessions and odd characters." —Morning Edition, NPR

"Singleton's hilarious insights come early and often." —New York Times Book Review 

"Singleton may have invented a new genre. Call it The Hoot." —Kirkus Reviews 

"[the] unchallenged kind of the comic Southern short story." —Atlanta Journal Constitution

"Singleton is an ace at locating the pathos beneath the deadpan laughs." —USA Today

"If there isa fiction genre blending the riotous, bleary-eyed excess and absurdity of gonzo journalism with the rather earnest, sensitivity of a John Irving hero--who always does right by his wife in the end—Workshirts belongs to it." —Newsweek