The Shame of What We Are

The American 1950s--a simpler, more innocent age? Not for an awkward, nerdy kid like Art Dennison. As Art grows up with a father who can explode at any time and a mother who just doesn't fit the required role, his life sometimes feels surreal. The "pieces" of this slyly humorous, compassionate novel reflect Art's fragmentary experience in a family always on the move, chasing the American dream. More
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About Sam Gridley

Sam Gridley is the author of the novels THE SHAME OF WHAT WE ARE (New Door Books, 2010) and THE BIG HAPPINESS (available at His fiction and satire have appeared in more than forty magazines and anthologies. He has received two fellowships from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a Wallace Stegner Fellowship from Stanford University, and several honors from magazines. He lives in Philadelphia with his wife and neurotic dog.

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