Author Archives: Clifford Garstang

About Clifford Garstang

My novel in stories, WHAT THE ZHANG BOYS KNOW, won the 2013 Library of Virginia Award for Fiction. My collection of linked short stories, IN AN UNCHARTED COUNTRY, was awarded both the Maria Thomas Fiction Award and a Gold Medal (IPPY) from Independent Publisher. I am the editor of Prime Number Magazine and the short fiction anthology, EVERYWHERE STORIES (Press 53, 2014).

The Fall of Lisa Bellow

The Fall of Lisa Bellow by Susan Perabo Simon & Schuster, March 14, 2017 352 pages Reviewed by Clifford Garstang Susan Perabo’s new novel, The Fall of Lisa Bellow, is more than another story about a missing teenager. It’s about … Continue reading

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Stony River

Stony River by Tricia Dower Leapfrog Press, 2016 294 Pages Reviewed by Clifford Garstang Part coming of age tale, part crime drama, part psychological thriller, Tricia Dower’s Stony River is one of the best books I’ve read this year. Set … Continue reading

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My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout

My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout Random House, January 12, 2016 Reviewed by Clifford Garstang Lucy Barton, the narrator of Elizabeth Strout’s new novel, My Name is Lucy Barton, has a story to tell. She grew up extremely … Continue reading

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Miracles and Conundrums of the Secondary Planets by Jacob M. Appel

Miracles and Conundrums of the Secondary Planets by Jacob M. Appel Black Lawrence Press, 2015 Reviewed by Clifford Garstang For a while, it seemed that every short story contest was being won by a guy named Jacob Appel. It was … Continue reading

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After the Parade by Lori Ostlund

After the Parade By Lori Ostlund Scribner, 2015 Reviewed by Clifford Garstang Ultimately, Flannery O’Connor Award-winner Lori Ostlund’s debut novel, After the Parade, is about abandonment. It’s about other things, too. Finding a place for yourself in the world. Understanding … Continue reading

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The Brink by Austin Bunn

The Brink by Austin Bunn Harper Perennial 2015 Reviewed by Clifford Garstang What makes a successful story collection? Given the breadth of the genre, it’s hard to generalize, but for most of us, I think, a collection that feels like … Continue reading

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Red Dirt by Joe Samuel Starnes

Red Dirt By Joe Samuel Starnes Breakaway Books 2015 Reviewed by Clifford Garstang I recently tried to re-read one of the Chip Hilton books that I loved as a kid. If you’re not familiar with Chip, he’s the main character … Continue reading

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