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The Roy Stories

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Written by Barry GiffordAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by Barry Gifford

  • Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
  • Publisher: Seven Stories Press
  • On Sale: October 1, 2013
  • Price: $16.95
  • ISBN: 978-1-60980-497-8 (1-60980-497-X)
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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 entire life.”

Andrei Codrescu calls Gifford “a great comic realist,” while Pedro Almodóvar likens him to the surrealist filmmaker Luis Buñuel, and Jonathan Lethem describes his style as “William Faulkner by way of B-movie film noir, porn paperbacks, and Sun Records rockabilly.”

In The Roy Stories Gifford brings his signature style to a collection of tales following the character of Roy, who has made appearances in a number of Gifford’s previous story collections. Roy lives a mystical kind of life, skinning crocodiles in Southern Florida at age nine in the 1940s and playing in the back alleys of Chicago in the 1950s. This deep-feeling boy observes every detail in his surroundings with a sense of dark humor and an openness that will clutch readers tightly by the heart and lead them on a historical journey.

“Gifford, a master of the short story and nasty vignette, can sum up in a few words the cruelty, horror, and crushing banality that shape an entire life.” —New York Times Book Review 

“The way Barry Gifford lets people talk articulates everything about their unfamiliar inner lives, and ours.” —Boston Globe

“Gifford is a master.” —Los Angeles Times

“Gifford cuts right through the heart of what makes a good novel readable and entertaining. . . . The way Barry Gifford does it, it’s high art.” —Elmore Leonard
“Gifford is an anomaly in both his influence and recognition. His prose is as straightforward as it is avant-garde, and can turn an ashtray into a flower petal right there on the page.”–Sarah Wambold, Arts and Entertainment

“Barry Gifford was, is, and always shall be an American Original. His work evokes so many sensibilities, from the Beats to noir to social realism to post modernism to cinematic, both stirring up ghosts and invoking the future.” –Richard Price, author of Lush Life and Clockers
“Like Hemingway, Saroyan, Kerouac, and Salinger…Gifford has a style. He is a great comic realist who does with the turn of a phrase what a Zen master does with a brushstroke. Gifford is an original who has seized the still-live vein of that American realism which began with Mark Twain.” –Andrei Codrescu, National Public Radio