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Stray Decorum, by George Singleton

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Stray Decorum, by George Singleton

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Eleven stories, all previously published in journals like The 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 an ace at locating the pathos beneath the deadpan laughs.” —USA Today

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

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

“Singleton’s hilarious insights come early and often.” —The New York Times Book Review

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


George Singleton has published short stories in a variety of magazines and journals including The Atlantic MonthlyHarper’s, and Playboy, as well as four full short story collections and two novels.