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 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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Tough Day for the Army

Tough Day for the Army by John Warner Yellow Shoe Fiction (LSU Press) 2014 160 pages $22.50 Reviewed by Darrin Doyle Artistic range is a quality that more and more current publishers seem to be avoiding.  Some of today’s most … Continue reading

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Driving the King

Driving the King By: Ravi Howard Harper, 2015 325 pages Reviewed by Clifford Garstang On April 10, 1956, Nat King Cole was attacked by three white men on stage during a performance in Birmingham, Alabama. The assailants, all members of … Continue reading

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What is Visible

What is Visible By: Kimberly Elkins Twelve, 2014 320 pages Reviewed by Clifford Garstang Probably you’ve heard of Helen Keller, the deaf and blind girl who was educated at the Perkins Institution for the Blind in Boston and eventually became … Continue reading

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The Dark Will End the Dark

The Dark Will End the Dark by: Darrin Doyle Tortoise Books, 2014 167 pages Reviewed by Clifford Garstang The stories of George Saunders have been described as “savage and satirical,” set in a world where things have gotten a little … Continue reading

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