Our Napoleon in Rags: A Novel

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Ig Publishing, 2005 - Fiction - 211 pages
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From a writer called "an important new voice in fiction" by Bret Lott and a "novelist of daring creativity and passion" by Edmund White, comesOur Napoleon in Rags. It's the story of the regulars at the Don Quixote, a bar in a decaying Midwestern city, whose lives are torn apart when their self-appointed "Napoleon," Haycraft Keebler, bipolar son of a famous local politician, falls in love with a 15-year-old male hustler. Weaving the hot-button issues of mental illness, pedophilia, racism and police brutality through a novel that is Victorian in its graceful storytelling, Kirby Gann has created not only an extraordinary read, but a biting commentary on contemporary America.

Kirby Gann is the managing editor of Sarabande Books and teaches in the MFA program at Spalding University.

 

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Montreux, KY, a decaying urban slagheap, could not be more different from glamorous Montreux, Switzerland. After a PR campaign fails to revitalize the city, bipolar idealist Haycraft Keebler tries to ... Read full review

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Contents

Trailing Windmill Sails
1
Haycraft Keebler Humming
23
The Artist of Delusions
55
The Nights at the Don Quixote
95
The Sutherland View
151
A Heat in the Heat of the City
163
Notes Toward and Ending
205
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Kirby Gann's first novel, The Barbarian Parade, was called "a striking debut for a novelist of daring creativity and passion" by Edmund White. His short fiction has appeared in Witness, The Crescent Review, American Writing, The Louisville Review, The Southeast Review, and The Southern Indiana Review. He is also Managing Editor at Sarabande Books, and teaches in the MFA Program at Spalding University.

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