Gathered Here Together

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Ampersand Books, Dec 5, 2011 - Fiction - 248 pages
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Gathered here together are 22 of Garret Socol's finely-crafted stories, by turns darkly humorous and light and zany, and often both at once. The characters populating these stories march slightly out-of-step with the world around them: a housewife who finds her art and revives a faded marriage in the laundry room, a writer who publishes her own suicide handbook, a woman selling baked goods for electroshock therapy. In this collection, Socol brings his wry insight and sensitivity to bear on the madness of contemporary culture, the silliness of everyday life, and illustrates the many ways people, against all odds, keep themselves afloat.
 

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Contents

Sallys Suicide Checklist
11
Gathered Here Together
27
The Missing Bridesmaid
42
And Then There Was Scent
59
Liquor Store Lust
83
The Father of Dental Floss
100
Tooth Decay
120
The Mourners Wore Magenta
135
Architectural Digestion
149
The Birth of Rogets Thesaurus
171
The Bludgeoning of a Burgeoning Young Artist
184
We Knew What It Was By Then
199
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