The End of the Straight and Narrow: Stories

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Southern Methodist University Press, 2008 - Fiction - 216 pages
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David McGlynn’s fiction debut takes on the inner lives of the zealous, their passions and desires, and the ways religious faith is both the compass for navigating daily life and the force that makes ordinary life impossible. From the coastal highways of Southern California to the bayous of Houston, Texas, the stories take place against the backdrop of disaster—a landslide, a fire, a drowning, a hurricane—as the characters question whether faith illuminates the world or leaves them isolated within it.

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The End of the Straight and Narrow contains some really excellent sparse religion-influenced prose. The author is a professor at my college and I had the chance to discuss it with him; the collection ... Read full review

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David McGlynn’s debut collection of short stories is a compelling examination of how our faith affects our daily lives. Each story is exquisitely written and completely satisfying. Especially ... Read full review


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DAVID McGLYNN was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, and grew up in Houston, Texas, and Orange County, California. He received his M.F.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Utah, where he also served as managing editor of Western Humanities Review. His fiction and creative nonfiction have appeared in Alaska Quarterly Review, Image, Mid-American Review, Shenandoah, and other literary journals. He teaches at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin, where he lives with his wife and two sons. A lifelong distance swimmer, he has competed in open-water races all across the country, and is the first one in the pool each morning.

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