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Barry Gifford
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BARRY GIFFORD is the author of more than forty published works of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, which have been translated into twenty-eight languages. Gifford is considered by many to be among the greatest living American storytellers, one of those who can reveal, in his stories and novels, something we didn’t know that is happening in American hearts. His most recent prose works are Sailor & Lula: The Complete Novels, Sad Stories of the Death of Kings, Imagining Paradise: New and Selected Poems, The Roy Stories, and Landscape With Traveler. Gifford lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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American Falls
The Collected Short Stories
Written by Barry Gifford


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: June 3, 2003
Price: $12.95

American Falls is the first major collection of short stories from Barry Gifford, master of the dark side of the American reality. These stories range widely in style and period, from the 1950s to the present, from absurdist exercises to romantic tales, from stories about childhood innocence to novellas of murder... Read more >
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American Falls
The Collected Short Stories
Written by Barry Gifford


Format: Hardcover, 256 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: March 5, 2002
Price: $24.95

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American Falls
The Collected Short Stories
Written by Barry Gifford


Format: eBook
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: January 4, 2011
Price: $12.95

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Do the Blind Dream?
New Novellas and Stories
Written by Barry Gifford


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: June 7, 2005
Price: $13.95

Do the Blind Dream? shows Gifford at the height of his powers, navigating with ease the new, more fragmented imaginative landscape of morning-after America. Gifford seems to have anticipated themes that suddenly are recognizable everywhere: the fragility of identity; the power of coincidence; the illusion of a secure tomorrow.

In contrast to... Read more >
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Do the Blind Dream?
New Novellas and Stories
Written by Barry Gifford


Format: Hardcover, 224 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: April 6, 2004
Price: $21.95

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Do the Blind Dream?
New Novellas and Stories
Written by Barry Gifford


Format: eBook
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: January 4, 2011
Price: $13.95

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The Imagination of the Heart
Book Seven of the Story of Sailor and Lula
Written by Barry Gifford


Format: Hardcover, 176 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: June 2, 2009
Price: $22.95

The Imagination of the Heart is the final chapter in the saga of Sailor Ripley and Lula Pace Fortune, the “Romeo and Juliet of the Deep South.” Their story began in Barry Gifford’s novel Wild at Heart, which in 1990 was made into a Palme d’Or—winning feature film by David Lynch... Read more >
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The Imagination of the Heart
Book Seven of the Story of Sailor and Lula
Written by Barry Gifford


Format: eBook
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: January 4, 2011
Price: $22.95

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Imagining Paradise
New and Selected Poems
Written by Barry Gifford


Format: Hardcover, 352 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: April 24, 2012
Price: $32.00

At once erudite and plainspoken, imaginative and grounded in the grittily lunatic fundamentals of the human heart, here is the author’s definitive selection of his verse: the writings of an underground poet who lasted.

Published in The New Yorker, La Nouvelle Revue Française, and in nearly a hundred magazines and poetry journals... Read more >
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Imagining Paradise
New and Selected Poems
Written by Barry Gifford


Format: eBook
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: April 24, 2012
Price: $32.00

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Landscape with Traveler
The Pillow Book of Francis Reeves
Written by Barry Gifford


Format: Trade Paperback, 160 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: October 1, 2013
Price: $13.95

Landscape with Traveler: The Pillow Book of Francis Reeves is Barry Gifford’s first full-length novel. In print for the first time in fifteen years, Landscape with Traveler is written as the protagonist’s diary–inspired by the first century Japanese writer Sei Shônagon’s pillow book–and structured as three acclaimed short novels bound into... Read more >
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Landscape with Traveler
The Pillow Book of Francis Reeves
Written by Barry Gifford


Format: eBook, 160 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: October 1, 2013
Price: $13.95

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Memories from a Sinking Ship
A Novel
Written by Barry Gifford


Format: eBook
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: January 4, 2011
Price: $13.95

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Memories from a Sinking Ship
A Novel
Written by Barry Gifford


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: June 2, 2009
Price: $13.95

Winner — Christopher Isherwood Foundation Award for Fiction

Reminiscent of Mark Twain’s Huckleberry Finn and Ernest Hemingway’s Nick Adams stories, Memories from a Sinking Ship travels the landscape of a turbulent world seen through a boy’s steady gaze. Like Twain’s Mississippi River and Hemingway’s Big Two-Hearted, Gifford’s Chicago, New Orleans, and the... Read more >
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Memories from a Sinking Ship
A Novel
Written by Barry Gifford


Format: Hardcover, 272 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: May 1, 2007
Price: $21.95

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Port Tropique

Written by Barry Gifford


Format: Trade Paperback, 176 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: April 7, 2009
Price: $13.95

Revolution is simmering in the heat of battered Central American town Port Tropique, where protagonist Franz Hall is an “intellectual Meursault in a paranoid Hemingway landscape, a self-conscious Conradian adventurer, a Lord Jim in the earliest stages of selfwilled failure” (New York Times). The ineffectual hero spends his days drinking and... Read more >
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Port Tropique

Written by Barry Gifford


Format: eBook
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: January 4, 2011
Price: $13.95

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The Rooster Trapped in the Reptile Room
A Barry Gifford Reader
Written by Barry Gifford
Edited by Thomas A. McCarthy
Foreword by Andrei Codrescu


Format: eBook
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: January 4, 2011
Price: $19.95

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The Rooster Trapped in the Reptile Room
A Barry Gifford Reader
Written by Barry Gifford
Edited by Thomas A. McCarthy
Foreword by Andrei Codrescu


Format: Trade Paperback, 480 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: May 6, 2003
Price: $19.95

“Everything I have to say about race and religion and politics is in the novels,” declares Barry Gifford. The Rooster Trapped in the Reptile Room gathers generous portions of all thirteen novels and novellas, as well as first-person essays, generous helpings of poetry, journalism, and a new interview with the author... Read more >
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The Roy Stories

Written by Barry Gifford


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: October 1, 2013
Price: $16.95

Barry Gifford has been writing gritty, American tales for the past forty years. His novels, stories, poetry, and films have helped shape the American neo-noir genre. The New York Times Book Review says that he, “can sum up in a few words the cruelty, horror, and crushing banality that shape an... Read more >
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The Roy Stories

Written by Barry Gifford


Format: eBook, 432 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: October 1, 2013
Price: $16.95

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Sad Stories of the Death of Kings

Written by Barry Gifford
Foreword by Rob Christopher


Format: Hardcover, 224 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: November 23, 2010
Price: $16.95

Roy is a lover of adventure movies, a budding writer, and a young man slowly coming of age without the benefit of a father. Surrounding him–whether to support him or to drag him under–is the adult world of postwar Chicago, a city haunted by violence, poverty, and the redeeming power of... Read more >
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Sad Stories of the Death of Kings

Written by Barry Gifford


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: October 19, 2010
Price: $16.95

Roy is a lover of adventure movies, a budding writer, and a young man slowly coming of age without the benefit of a father. Surrounding him–whether to support him or to drag him under–is the adult world of postwar Chicago, a city haunted by violence, poverty, and the redeeming power of... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

Sad Stories of the Death of Kings

Written by Barry Gifford
Foreword by Rob Christopher


Format: eBook
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: January 4, 2011
Price: $16.95

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Also available as a hardcover and a trade paperback.

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Sailor & Lula
The Complete Novels
Written by Barry Gifford


Format: Trade Paperback, 624 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: May 4, 2010
Price: $19.95

On the twentieth anniversary of the publication of Barry Gifford’s international bestseller, Wild at Heart, as well as the anniversary of the Palme d’Or—winning film adaptation by director David Lynch, Sailor & Lula: The Complete Novels presents all of the novels and novellas that comprise the saga of Sailor Ripley and... Read more >
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