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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (536 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: William Gay Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2002 ISBN: 9781436127349
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Author William Gay is the winner of the 1999 William Peden Award and the 1999 James A. Michener Memorial Prize. In his debut collection, Gay brings to life thirteen stories about a diverse group of colorful characters living in the fertile Tennessee country land. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “William Gay is richly gifted: a seemingly effortless storyteller…a writer of prose that’s fiercecly wrought, pungent in detail yet poetic in the most welcome sense.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Gay captivates with bristling tales of old men, bootleggers, and wife-beaters in rural Tennessee…His prose is as natural and pure as it comes.”

    Newsweek

  • “Gay’s characters come right up and bite you…[His] well-chosen words propel the reader straight through his thirteen stories.”

    Denver Post

  • “Writers like Flannery O’Connor or William Faulkner would welcome Gay as their peer for getting characters so entangled in the roots of a family tree.”

    Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • “After two stunning novels that combined the esoteric language of Cormac McCarthy with the subtle humor of Larry Brown, Gay delivers a concise craft work in his first short-story collection…Much in the same way that Erskine Caldwell created slice-of-life Southern stories that were full of humor, conflict, and even forbidden sensuality many years ago, so now does William Gay.”

    Oregonian

  • “Gay confirms his place in the Southern fiction pantheon…A fine showcase for Gay’s imaginative talent.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “[Gay] brings to these stories the same astounding talent that earned his novels, The Long Home and Provinces of Night, a devoted following…[A] consistently excellent collection.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “As charming as it is wise. Hellfire—in all the right ways.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bruce Holbert | 2/19/2014

    " Every one's a hit. Harrowing, brilliant, funny. Awfully good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beth Frazier | 2/9/2014

    " Had to take this one slow, only one story at a time interspersed with some lighter subject reading. Even though this author reminded me heavily of Cormac McCarthy, who I did not enjoy, this one I definitely wanted to keep reading. Thanks to my friend Steve for this recommendation ! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melissa | 2/9/2014

    " William Gay is one of my favorite writers. His gift for language is astounding. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Irene Ziegler | 2/5/2014

    " Gay's stories, like his novels, are atmospheric, dark, and deeply satisfying. It's the voice, though, that grabs. AFter one paragraph you know you are in the hands of an assured, confident writer. In addition to a formidable vocabulary (stygian?) he reinvents language, creates compounds that make poetic sense : hearthammer, foldup, halfbent. Later, more dashes appear to legitimize his creations, which is a shame, but what can you do? If kittens, rainbows and bloodless murder mysteries are your favorite things, steer clear of this southern gothic writer who shrinks from nothing. "The Paperhanger" in particular, is not for the faint of heart. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rose | 2/1/2014

    " William Gay is a fantastic writer. How I hadn't heard of him before is baffling, but I'm glad I know of him now & can read more of his work. Hopefully it'll be just as good as this because this was one of the best short story collections I've ever read. That the writing is so amazing & the stories so riveting & pretty much flawless is what enabled me to ignore that they all shared something else in common: they were really dark, sometimes twisted, often bordering on creepy and always, always heartbreaking. This, surprisingly, doesn't take from the wonderfulness that is William Gay. The first story stole my heart. The Paperhanger broke it. Most gave me chills. And perhaps the most telling thing of all: I remember each and every story in this collection even though it's been about a month since I finished the book & I've read many books after it. It's not easy to write short stories & have them be as good as novels & have them be memorable & have them matter. I think William Gay achieved all this in this collection & I hope I love his other work just as much. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lily | 1/27/2014

    " Beautiful stories that layer on top of each other as you continue to read through the collection. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ryan | 1/26/2014

    " Some of his stories are slight and feel sort of hasty. But when he's on the mark, (eg The Paperhanger) he'll haunt your dreams. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephanie Griffin | 1/20/2014

    " You need to read this collection. Cause I told you to. Do it. Now. Now, darn it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joy (Thoughts of Joy) | 12/29/2013

    " You can read my thoughts here. (3.5/5) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dawn Miller | 12/28/2013

    " Stories of people in the south, their bad choices and the consequences. Each so affecting I feel I have to take a break between reading them. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dsinglet | 12/27/2013

    " Very good creepy short stories "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robert Goodwin | 12/18/2013

    " William Gay's writing is thick with meaning, images, and emotion. The best of Southern Gothic writing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David | 12/13/2013

    " Better than Faulkner's short stories in a lot of ways. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Monica | 12/9/2013

    " Masterful short story collection. Southern tales of the creepy and the cruel - "The Paperhanger" is gorgeously written though its chill is difficult to shake, even years after reading it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erik Orellana | 11/21/2013

    " One of the best collections of short stories I've ever read. Whenever I read his work I want to leave everything and move down to Tenn. or Kentucky and drive around in a blue pick up truck. Gay is a man that knows how to write beautiful stories of lives falling apart. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laurie | 11/10/2013

    " Even his weaker stories are gorgeous for the language and imagery and his disturbing perspective on the world. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Casey | 7/24/2013

    " Great collection. Gay's writing lived up to all I'd heard about it. Looking forward to reading the rest of his work. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Diane Barnes | 5/10/2013

    " I'm giving up now. The fifth story was also murder, evil and people lost to the world. I'll give it 3 stars because of the quality of the writing, but it's too dark for me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kossiwa | 3/23/2013

    " I loved these stories, the vivid color of the scenes, the characters took you through the moments of their lives, into their techniques for solving the problems that they are struggling through. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mark | 2/15/2013

    " very strong collection and some of these stories are amazing. a great way to wade into william gay... i did enjoy the novels more. maybe because his character development is so rich and the longer form allows more time to explore. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Matthew | 1/26/2013

    " Southern Gothic at its best. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 K | 3/31/2012

    " He is compared to Flannery O'Conner a lot and I can see why, and I'd just rather read her I guess. Some good realist stories set in the south with twist endings. Only read the first three stories and that was enough for me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Peggy bill | 3/28/2012

    " I read this because the author lives in Hohenwald, where I live. He is a very dark writer. These stories are lighter than his novel, but someone dies in every one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eric (Ric) Gesell | 3/15/2012

    " Excellent and I will read anything written by Mr. Gay "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Charles White | 2/29/2012

    " Really glad I gave William Gay a second chance. While I wasn't a fan of TWILIGHT, this collection of stories demonstrates a stylistic restraint that enhances the reading experience. I am slowly being converted by this writer. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ben | 1/7/2012

    " All of these stories are well executed, but Gay has a very finite list of themes and dramatic devices. I love William Gay, but all of these stories in a row start to blend together. And most end in death. So. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carola | 12/20/2011

    " These stories can be a little dark, but well written "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dwight Davis | 5/9/2011

    " William Gay is a brilliant writer. This collection of stories is wonderful. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carola | 4/10/2011

    " These stories can be a little dark, but well written "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Geoffrey | 4/10/2011

    " amazing writer with a bit of southern gothic - The Paperhanger is harrowing... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Haverly | 12/17/2010

    " I've read about 3 of the stories in this book so far and I am totally smitten. He's amazing - how is it that I was unaware of him until only recently? Where was I? Good thing my husband bought me all of his books for my birthday! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Charles | 12/15/2010

    " Really glad I gave William Gay a second chance. While I wasn't a fan of TWILIGHT, this collection of stories demonstrates a stylistic restraint that enhances the reading experience. I am slowly being converted by this writer. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joshua | 9/27/2010

    " Gay's brilliant Southern Gothic stories are haunting. Nowhere but in a Gay anthology would you find a story like "The Paperhanger." I was entranced by the lurid characters, the helplessness of some, and the immediate southern voice they all shared. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kossiwa | 6/12/2010

    " I loved these stories, the vivid color of the scenes, the characters took you through the moments of their lives, into their techniques for solving the problems that they are struggling through. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Casey | 5/23/2010

    " Great collection. Gay's writing lived up to all I'd heard about it. Looking forward to reading the rest of his work. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Geoffrey | 3/21/2010

    " amazing writer with a bit of southern gothic - The Paperhanger is harrowing... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eric (Ric) | 2/11/2010

    " Excellent and I will read anything written by Mr. Gay "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tiamoyo | 10/9/2009

    " While I loved his storytelling ability I just walked away feeling like I was under a dark, dark cloud. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erik | 7/1/2009

    " One of the best collections of short stories I've ever read. Whenever I read his work I want to leave everything and move down to Tenn. or Kentucky and drive around in a blue pick up truck. Gay is a man that knows how to write beautiful stories of lives falling apart. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lori | 5/11/2009

    " So good. I love a depraved protagonist or (since this is short stories) *many* depraved protagonists. Favorite story is "The Paperhanger." "

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About the Author
Author William Gay

William Gay is the author of the novel The Long Home. His short stories have appeared in Harper’s, Atlantic Monthly, GQ, and New Stories from the South 1999 and 2000. He was awarded the 1999 William Peden Award and the 2000 James A. Michener Memorial Prize.