Once you start reading George Singleton’s first book of stories, a strange thing happens: You discover that the characters sound like people you know—people who are trying hard to make sense of modern absurdities.
With a style all his own, Singleton fashions a world that wins our hearts but teases our senses: how to find a black-market sonogram so your pregnant wife won’t find out you accidentally taped over the original; how to help your father and everyone else in town fake being hit by a tornado to get emergency government funds; and why not to look for your next wife at your local recycling center. Step into Singleton’s world and you’ll see why he is earning a reputation as one of the funniest, wisest, and most surprising Southern writers of his generation—and why he was named one of the “new writers you need to know” by Book Magazine.
“A bouncer videotapes an episode of Bonanza over his wife’s sonogram and scrambles to find a replacement, an ex-poet takes a job driving a van that provides mammograms, and an office-supply salesman falls for a woman from an all-girl wrestling revue in a town called Kingdom Come in George Singleton’s These People Are Us.” —Publishers Weekly
ABOUT GEORGE SINGLETON
George Singleton has published short stories in a variety of magazines and journals including The Atlantic Monthly, Harper’s, and Playboy, as well as four full short story collections and two novels.