Among Gladys Swan’s many short story publications, a number of the most significant have appeared in The Sewanee Review, the oldest, continuously published literary magazine in America. Now they are collected for the first time, together with the prize-winning story, “Jungle.”
About the Author
Gladys Swan has published four novels—Carnival for the Gods (Vintage Contemporaries Series) and a trilogy set in New Mexico, where she grew up—A Dark Gamble; Ghost Dance: A Play of Voices (LSU Press) and Ancestors. She has also published seven books of short fiction, including The Tiger’s Eye: New & Selected Stories. Her poetry and essays have appeared in many literary magazines and anthologies. Though she has spent most of her career as a writer, she has spent much of her time during the last two decades to painting and exploring the creative process.
I have long thought that Gladys Swan is one of the best short story writers in the country, and this fabulous collection serves to confirm my belief. Her stories are beautifully textured, infinitely mysterious and, above all, elegantly written. The only thing more impressive than her prose may be her knowledge of the human heart.
—Steve Yarborough, author of The Realm of Last Chances
It’s a joyful gift to have this collection. Every year, my students savor “Carnival for the Gods,” the perfect introduction to how, throughout her long writing life, Swan has done what Chekhov asked, to “tirelessly apprentice yourself to your strongest narrative instincts.” Each of these splendid stories puts on high exhibit Gladys Swan’s devotion to that very thing.
—Howard Norman, author of My Darling Detective