Fiction. In Gary Gildner's fourth collection of stories, composition teacher Wanda Delight, in heels long and sharp enough to pierce a rattler, loses her heart to prime example Timmy Sheean; WWII vet Sergeant Major George Prolly flees Piney Woods Rest in his wheelchair, leaving behind Miss Flambeau the exotic dancer; Kansas City lawyer Mary Beth Urquhart makes her way among her long-ago college poetry professor, truck driver Marvin Gaye, and the cologned-up, slippery father of a White Sox pitching phenom. Elsewhere, the bishop's teenaged nephew and yard boy, "Samson" Tuohy, is smitten by Professor Singh's young cello-playing wife Isabel—plus there's Polish beauty Beata, old bronc rider Ray Wheeler, Aunt Gussie, the king and queen of the swans, and many more.
Gary Gildner is the author of twenty books, including poetry, fiction, and memoir. His previous poetry collection, The Bunker in the Parsley Fields, won the Iowa Poetry Prize. His other awards include the William Carlos Williams, Theodore Roethke, and Pushcart prizes and the National Magazine Award for fiction. He has held fellowships from the NEA, Breadloaf, MacDowell, Yaddo, and Fulbright lectureships to Poland and Czechoslovakia. He lives in Idaho's Clearwater Mountains.Author City: IA USA