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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Spring 2019

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Cloudbursts
Collected and New Stories
By (author): Thomas McGuane
9780345805928 Paperback, Trade English General Trade FICTION / Short Stories Feb 12, 2019
$22.95 CAD
Active 5.2 x 8 x 0.9 in 576 pages Vintage
From one of our most acclaimed writers, a sumptuous gathering of his singular work in the short form—forty-five stories, including seven entirely new pieces appearing for the first time in this collection.

For more than four decades, Thomas McGuane has been heralded as an unrivaled master of the short story. Now the arc of that achievement appears in one definitive volume. Set in the seedy corners of Key West, the remote shore towns of the Bahamas, and McGuane’s hallmark Big Sky country, with its vast and unforgiving landscape, these are stories of people on the fringes of society, whose twisted pasts meddle with their chances for companionship. Moving from the hilarious to the tragic and back again, McGuane writes about familial dysfunction, emotional failure, and American loneliness, celebrating the human ability to persist through life’s absurdities.

DEFINITIVE: This is the most comprehensive collection of McGuane’s short fiction to date, a stunning selection that covers an entire career of singular work. This is the volume that readers will turn to for ages and ages to come.

MCGUANE’S MOMENT: As McGuane’s decades of diverse and incredible writing continue to accumulate, it is becoming more and more obviously worthy of recognition. He was just awarded the 2017 Robert Kirsch Award for lifetime achievement by The Los Angeles Times; more honors feel imminent.

NEW STORIES: Of the seven new stories, four have never been collected and three are published in this volume for the first time.

OLD FAVORITES: Cloudbursts collects stories from McGuane’s three revered short-story collections, To Skin a Cat (1986), Gallatin Canyon (2006), and Crow Fair (2015).

AN EXTRA HOOK: In concert with the paperback of Cloudbursts, we will also be rereleasing McGuane’s bestselling backlist title, The Longest Silence—his classic book of essays on fishing. This updated edition will include five pieces that have never before been collected.

THOMAS McGUANE lives on a ranch in McLeod, Montana. He is the author of ten novels, three works of nonfiction, and three previous collections of stories, To Skin a Cat, Gallatin Canyon, and Crow Fair.

Author Residence: McLeod, Montana

Author Hometown: Wyandotte, Minnesota

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“Wonderful, essential…compelling and often astonishing. The stakes always feel high (characters can die and do die), and there’s no such thing as a not-funny McGuane story. The result is a continuous succession of storytelling delights.”—The Los Angeles Times

“[An] outstanding career-capping volume…. Brief, stormy, and refreshing, McGuane’s stories erupt like the namesake of this marvelous collection.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

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