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The Practical Heart: Four Novellas
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Vintage Books
Publication date September 1, 2002
Pages 322
Binding Paperback
Edition Reprint
Book category Adult Fiction
ISBN-13 9780375727634
ISBN-10 0375727639
Dimensions 0.75 by 5.25 by 8 in.
Weight 0.55 lbs.
Original list price $17.95
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Summaries and Reviews
Summary
The award-winning author of Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All returns with four intriguing novellas--'The Practical Heart,' 'Preservation News,' 'He's One, Too' about a pillar of the community whose attraction to boys turns him into a pariah, and 'Saint Monster,' a love story that celebrates one boy's feelings for his father. Reprint. 30,000 first printing. (view table of contents)
Amazon.com description: Product Description: In his fictional Falls, North Carolina–a watchful zone of stifling mores–Allan Gurganus’s fond and comical characters risk everything to protect their improbable hopes from prejudice, poverty, betrayal. Seeking warmth and true connection, they shield themselves and loved ones while creating a rarely-glimpsed world of valor, minor grandeur, side-street heroics.

Muriel Fraser, a poor Scottish-born spinster, is the subject of a John Singer Sargent portrait in the imagination of her devoted grand-nephew. Tad Worth, a young man dying of AIDS, finds ways to restore vitality to old friends and 18th-century houses. Overnight, one pillar of the community, accused of child molesting, becomes the village pariah. And Clyde Delman, ugliest if kindest man in Falls, finds the love of his eight-year-old son jeopardized when troubling family secrets arise. In each of these splendid complex tales, Allan Gurganus wrings truths–sometimes bruising, ofttimes warming–from human hearts as immense as they are local.

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Hardcover
Book cover for 9780679437635
 
from Alfred a Knopf Inc (September 1, 2001)
9780679437635 | details & prices | 322 pages | 6.50 × 9.50 × 1.00 in. | 3.00 lbs | List price $25.00
About: A collection of four novellas includes 'He's One, Too,' about a pillar of the community whose attraction to boys turns him into a pariah, and 'Saint Monster,' a love story that celebrates one boy's feelings for his father.
Paperback
Book cover for 9780375727634
 
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Reprint edition from Vintage Books (September 1, 2002)
9780375727634 | details & prices | 322 pages | 5.25 × 8.00 × 0.75 in. | 0.55 lbs | List price $17.95
About: The award-winning author of Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All returns with four intriguing novellas--'The Practical Heart,' 'Preservation News,' 'He's One, Too' about a pillar of the community whose attraction to boys turns him into a pariah, and 'Saint Monster,' a love story that celebrates one boy's feelings for his father.
Miscellaneous
from Vintage Books (September 1, 2010)
9780307764140 | details & prices | 336 pages | List price $14.00

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