By Allan Gurganus
“If there continues to be any doubt approximately Allan Gurganus’s literary greatness, Local Souls should still positioned this to relaxation forever.”—Jamie Quatro, New York occasions ebook Review
Decoy, the concluding novella of Allan Gurganus’s highly acclaimed Local Souls, used to be hailed because the standout of that paintings. Critics known as it “humane, profound, hilarious, nostalgic, the literary identical of a bare-knuckled knockout punch” (Miami Herald). Like Kazuo Ishiguro’s The continues to be of the Day it's a haunting lyrical portrayal of a existence half-led. Set in legendary Falls, North Carolina, this mysterious and compelling story maps the lifelong eroticized friendship among married males. whilst document Roper, the town’s liked surgeon, publicizes he's retiring from perform to carve beautiful duck decoys, he triggers a virulent disease of catastrophes. His based sufferer and next-door neighbor, invoice Mabry, feels become independent from. Then the close-knit city is devastated by way of a flood of near-biblical proportions. operating inexorably “to an unforeseen second of catharsis” (Dwight Garner, New York Times) Decoy—already rising as a necessary paintings of yank literature—charts the gentle border among lifestyles and death.
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Decoy: A Novella by Allan Gurganus