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Night Soul by James McElroy.. Spans three decades of steady, solid work, more late-modern than post-, but surreal meetings of the minds in a forested landscape notwithstanding, these are richly textured, imaginative and accomplished visions.

Joel Gardner, LitSnap Editor

"McElroy, known for his lengthy, complex novels, writes equally complex short stories. The subjects of those in this collection cover a broad range, including immigrant life in Brooklyn, architecture from the point of view of a cutting-edge practitioner, acupuncture, modern art, biochemistry, ethical behavior, and physics. And while including the subject matter of his obsessions, McElroy describes situations plaguing human nature, such as the disillusionment of children, betrayal of trust, and dissolution of a long-term marriage, and also includes the ironies of constructive thoughts and intentions gone wrong.."


"The smaller-scale stories offer a way into his art for readers who don’t think an ambitious talent should remain outside mainstream attention spans.."

The New York Times Book Review

Author bio: Joseph was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1930. He was educated at Williams College and Columbia University. He is the author of nine novels, including A Smuggler’s Bible , Hind’s Kidnap, Ancient History: A Paraphase, Lookout Cartridge, Plus, Women and Men, The Letter Left to Me, Actress in the House, and Cannonball (forthcoming). In late June 2010, his short novella Preparations for Search will be published by Small Anchor Press. A volume of short fiction, Night Soul and Other Stories, will be published by Dalkey Archive Press in the Fall of 2010. A volume of his essays, Exponential, has been published in Italy. He received the Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and fellowships from the Guggenheim, Rockefeller, and Ingram Merrill Foundations, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Among other universities he has taught at Columbia, Johns Hopkins, Temple, NYU,  the University of Paris,  and the City University of New York. More information can be found here:

Book Details: General Fiction; 293 pp. Dense, but rewarding: Kindle/Print editions

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