In a Shallow Grave
In a Shallow Grave

"Purdy does not celebrate the wonders of our lives; he digs under the flesh, deals with the howling of our nighttime existence, the rough arithmetic of our dreams. He is also a very funny writer, one who captures the particular idiom of women and men talking in their sleep. It's when we apply our mundane logic to Purdy that we fail to read him. We want to stuff him in our clothes closets, make him familiar, have him entertain us like a dancing bear, but Purdy won't dance in the usual way. If we take the time to listen and are willing to leap out of our comfortable skin, we will discover some of the most startling fiction that has been written over the past thirty years." – Jerome Charyn, from the Introduction

"A marvelous tour-de-force. A novel that engages as it entertains, draws the reader in as it draws something out of him. In other words, a very impressive book." – Publishers Weekly

"Purdy may shock and offend some partisans of the well-trodden paths in fiction, but he will surely enchant the reader who values a new expression of a new feeling and experience in our very own times." – Tennessee Williams

"His dialogue is the nearest thing to classical American colloquial I know." – Paul Bowles

""In a Shallow Grave is the most extraordinary piece of writing I've ever read." – Alec Wilder

Title In a Shallow Grave
Author James Purdy
Publisher City Lights Publishers
Title First Published 01 November 1988
Format Paperback
Nb of pages 160 p.
ISBN-10 0872862348
ISBN-13 9780872862340
Publication Date 01 November 1988
Main content page count 160
Weight 16 oz.

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