That's True of Everybody: Stories

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Harcourt, 2002 - Fiction - 242 pages
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The proprietor of a bowling alley whose artist daughter paints only
phalluses. A ninth-grade girl who marries in haste only to be faced with impotence. A libidinous poet who learns the meaning of harassment. A gifted basketball player whose fraternal twin sister is awarded $200,002 for being pregnant. The life and loves of a professional lawn mower. The life and death of a drive-in movie theater.
All of these elements make up the multicolored canvas of Mark Winegardner's debut short-story collection. Winegardner, whose rich and epic novel, Crooked River Burning, gave the much maligned city of Cleveland, Ohio, a fresh and vibrant aspect, returns to the Midwest that he knows so intimately and casts a piercingly compassionate eye on its denizens who lead lives of not necessarily quiet desperation. The result is a kaleidoscopic picture of a people who are arrogant and humble, faithful and disloyal, driven and floundering-a people who are, finally, America itself.

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User Review  - SeriousGrace - LibraryThing

How often do you think about bowling? If you aren't a member of a league, probably not very often. So, when I read "The average American home, Harry had read in a magazine, no longer contained a ... Read full review

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User Review  - Deb - Goodreads

Short story collection set in OH and IN primarily. The characters all have hard-luck lives and are sympathetic and relatable. Reminded me of Knockemstiff, although not as dark. Read full review


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Mark Winegardner, whose other books include Prophet of the Sandlots, The Veracruz Blues, and Crooked River Burning, is director of the Creative Writing Program and Janet Burroway Professor of English at Florida State University in Tallahassee.

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