The Great American Everything

The Great American Everything

by: Scott Gloden
Release date: May 16th, 2023

A short story collection exploring the bounds of contemporary family and how we move forward in a world so often changed by loss. Read More

Softcover - $16.95
(ISBN: 979-8-88574-012-8)

A short story collection exploring the bounds of contemporary family and how we move forward in a world so often changed by loss.

Lauded by Kevin Wilson as “an exceptional collection that introduces us to an exciting new voice,” The Great American Everything orbits the experiences of relationships, be it brother-to-brother, sister-to-sister, patient-to-caregiver. Rendered with tenderness and a keen eye, these ten stories cut into the ways families approach questions of aging, adoption, loss, and class. A young woman hired to provide accompaniment services to an elder confronts the borders of complicity and friendship; two brothers search for details of their recently deceased grandfather in the desert; a college student faces her friend’s abuser during a door-to-door fundraising campaign.

For fans of Amy Hempel and Rick Moody, these stories, spread over varied landscapes of the South from Memphis to New Orleans, contend with the ways in which the places we live dictate the way we trust and protect our own. Scott Gloden has assembled a precise and moving collection that considers what makes a family, however makeshift or impromptu its design.

Scott Gloden is the winner of the C. Michael Curtis Short Story Book Prize.


Praise for The Great American Everything

"Scott Gloden’s The Great American Everything is an exceptional collection about loss, the grief that follows, and the stunned way that we seek to find a way forward in a world that feels radically different. Gloden explores these difficult subjects with such tenderness and complexity that he never strikes a false note, never repeats himself. This is an amazing book that introduces us to an exciting new voice." —Kevin Wilson, author of Now is Not the Time to Panic
"You will want to tear through these ten funny, worldly and brilliant stories; they are so in love with everything they encounter. The language these stories give to their events is incredible, grasping so much joie de vivre, but also sudden heartbreak and despair. From the first paragraph the text is in utterly tragic territory, but the reader is invited to see this through the buoyancy of love and of art." —Rebecca Lee, author of Bobcat and Other Stories


Scott Gloden

Scott Gloden

Scott Gloden was born in Cleveland but claims Memphis and New Orleans as homelands. His stories have won awards from American Short Fiction, Glimmer Train, The Masters Review, and runner-up honors in the Chicago Tribune’s Nelson Algren Awards; others appear in StoryQuarterly and Southern Humanities Review. He holds a Master’s in Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon and works on homeless and housing initiatives. He currently lives in Philadelphia.

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