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Book details
  • Genre:FICTION
  • SubGenre:Short Stories (single author)
  • Language:English
  • Pages:100
  • eBook ISBN:9780984559763

The National Virginity Pledge

Short Stories and Other Lies

by Barry Graham

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Overview
With a voice that maintains a gritty strength balanced with poetic vision, Barry Graham pushes all his chips to the center of the table in this collection of from the gut short stories that are as sentimental as they are cynical. Set in America’s underbelly-from dead-end small towns with their futile Virginity Pledges to larger than life Las Vegas with it’s own brand of lust and deception-Graham populates his stories with a reoccurring cast of confused, helpless, hopeless, beautiful, dirty, optimistic, loveable down-and-outs trapped in lives and relationships they are unable to control.
Description
With a voice that maintains a gritty strength balanced with poetic vision, Barry Graham pushes all his chips to the center of the table in this collection of from the gut short stories that are as sentimental as they are cynical. Set in America’s underbelly-from dead-end small towns with their futile Virginity Pledges to larger than life Las Vegas with it’s own brand of lust and deception-Graham populates his stories with a reoccurring cast of confused, helpless, hopeless, beautiful, dirty, optimistic, loveable down-and-outs trapped in lives and relationships they are unable to control.
About the author
Barry Graham, born and raised in the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch Country, is a four-time National Tic-Tac-Toe Association (NTTTA) champion (1988, 1994, 2004, 2006). He graduated from Eastern Michigan University with an MA in Creative Writing. While at EMU, he served as co-editor of their annual graduate student anthology, 50/50, and was an assistant editor for Bathhouse Magazine. Barry teaches writing at Monroe County Community College and spends the off-season in the poker room at the Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City. He also teaches creative writing workshops through Dzanc's WIRP. His fiction and poetry has appeared in the following publications: Storyglossia, Hobart, Pindeldyboz, Wigleaf, Elimae, Smokelong Quarterly, Frigg, Prick of the Spindle, Cella's Round Trip, Temenos, and others. Barry Graham is the 2008 recipient of the Jumpmettle Award for excellence in fiction and was recently nominated for a Pushcart. He is also the editor of DOGZPLOT.
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