What We Won't Do Stories

ISBN-10: 1889330671

ISBN-13: 9781889330679

Edition: 2002

Authors: Brock Clarke

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Winner of the 2000 Mary McCarthy Prize in Short Fiction Welcome to the strange, wonderful world of Brock Clarke. Here you will meet florists, dental hygienists, high school teachers, and peddlers of porno novelty items, all trying to be normal, good people and failing miserably. Reaffirming that "life, at its core, is embarrassing," What We Won't Do is a collection of tales about the miseries of the average, blue-collar worker who is anything but average. Here is a portrait of the Homer Simpsons and Archie Bunkers of the world, Knut Hamson style. These stories are more than insightful; they're downright funny. "The honesty herein is not the sugarcoated sort, it's the sort that exacts revenge by goading others into doing what we can't or won't do ourselves. . . . You haven't read these stories before, and that's the highest compliment that I can pay them. That and the fact that they made me laugh, out loud, and frightened me a little, and still do."-from the Foreword by Mark Richard Marketing plans for What We Won't Do: _ Author tour in South Carolina (Clemson, Greenville), and upstate New York (Syracuse, Rochester). _ Will coordinate additional tour with Harcourt upon release of his novel, The Ordinary White Boy, in September 2001. _Newsletter, brochure, catalog, and postcard mailings. _ Advertisements in key literary and trade magazines. Brock Clarke is from upstate New York. He received his Ph.D. in English at the University of Rochester, and is currently an assistant professor of English and Creative Writing at Clemson University. He has received awards from the Sewanee Writers' Conference, Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, and the New York State Writers' Institute. He lives with his wife, Lane, and their son Quinn in Clemson, South Carolina.
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Book details

List price: $13.95
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: Sarabande Books, Incorporated
Publication date: 2/1/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 158
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

Brock Clarke is the author of two previous novels and two short story collections. He lives in Portland, Maine, and teaches at Bowdoin college.

Acknowledgments
Foreword
A Widespread Killing Frost
Starving
She Loved to Cook but Not Like This
The Fat
The World Dirty, Like a Heart
What We Won't Do
The Right Questions
Compensation
A Cabin on a Lake
Plowing the Secondaries
Accidents
Specify the Learners
The Reasons
Up North
The Author
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