Cliff Garstang, “In an Uncharted Country,” at Over the Moon on November 12

Cliff Garstang of Staunton will be reading from his book In an Uncharted Country on November 12. Here’s the announcement:

I will be reading from In an Uncharted Country on Friday, November 12, at 7pm, at Over the Moon Bookstore & Artisan Gallery in Crozet. I hope you can join me!

I am grateful that the book has received a number of awards, including Independent Publisher’s Gold Medal for Best Fiction in the Mid-Atlantic and the Maria Thomas Fiction Award.

Here’s what Tim O’Brien (National Book Award-winning author of The Things They Carried and Going After Cacciato) had to say about the book: “In an Uncharted Country is an impeccably written, sumptuously imagined, and completely enchanting book of stories, each with its own high ambitions, each successful both as prose and as story. Clifford Garstang is the real thing–a writer loaded with talent. And this book is a reminder of the delightful miracles a good story can perform in a reader’s heart.”

Elizabeth Strout (Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Olive Kitteridge) had nice things to say, too: “This collection delivers on its title: each story takes us into an area–emotional and geographic–that we may not have been before. There is an impressive variety here, and Garstang’s ability as a storyteller is on display each time. These characters are real, vulnerable, and always, in unique ways, brave.”

Peter Ho Davies (2008/PEN/Malamud Award for Short Fiction) was also kind: “In an Uncharted Country is a subtly braided collection of spare, taut stories that conjures a community and a way of life with respect, affection and intimacy. Clifford Garstang often captures his characters at sharp moments of loss, but it is their dogged perseverance in the face of those losses that make these figures move us.”

Over the Moon Bookstore & Artisan Gallery

5798 Three Notch’d Road

Crozet, VA 33932

(434) 823-1144

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