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“In this engaging collection of stories, Peter Makuck returns to one of the most fertile wellsprings of literature-the family. With grace and wit, he dramatizes family matters in post-World War II America, drawing attention to why families matter and what’s the matter with so many of them. His stories document tensions between Northerners and Southerners, conservatives and liberals, church proponents and church opponents. As he points to the tragic and comic ways family members exacerbate and resolve their differences, he repeatedly surprises us with the mysterious ways people act. These stories are destined to beguile.”
—Henry Hart, author of James Dickey: The World As A Lie
Peter Makuck grew up in New London, CT. A Fulbright Exchange Professor at Université de Savoie, in Chambéry, France, he also edited Tar River Poetry until 1986, a national journal that he founded in 1978. His collection of short stories, Costly Habits, was nominated for the Pen/Faulkner Award. He has five times received honorable mention in Best American Short Stories. His poetry collection, Long Lens: New & Selected Poems, was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. He is distinguished Professor Emeritus at East Carolina University.