Fiction. Winner of the Tartt First Fiction Award! Set in the hardscrabble Western Pennsylvania mill town of Ganaego, the interconnected stories in I'LL BE HERE FOR YOU: DIARY OF A TOWN present an ethnic and generational stew of lives and passions. We meet Tody Wolding, director of Ganaego's ragtag thespian troupe and a crossdresser in a conservative community; Julie Namar, who borrows enough cash to keep her flagging dance studio going—only to give the money away; and Darlene Paczkowski, the librarian who has dreamed all the wrong dreams and met all the wrong men, who mourns the death of a desolate child who came to her story hours and never spoke.
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Robert McKean's The Catalog of Crooked Thoughts was firstprize winner of the Methodist University Longleaf Press Novel Contest and was published in 2017. The novel was also named a Finalist for the 2018 Eric Hoffer Award. A recipient of a Massachusetts Cultural Council grant for his fiction, McKean has been nominated three times for Pushcart Prizes and once for Best of the Net. He has published extensively in journals such as The Kenyon Review, The Chicago Review, Armchair/Shotgun, 34th Parallel, Kestrel, Crack the Spine, and Border Crossing.Author City: PITTSBURGH, PA USA