Barry will be reading and signing copies of his new book of stories, THE CUBAN CLUB (expanded paperback edition) at Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood on Thursday, October 11th at 7pm.
On Saturday, October 13th, he will appear in conversation on stage at David Lynch’s Festival of Disruption in the Theatre of the Ace Hotel, 929 S Broadway, Los Angeles at 1:30 PM, following an 11AM screening of the uncut version of the film Wild at Heart, directed by David Lynch, based on the novel by Barry Gifford.
Coming in September, 2018:
(Seven Stories / Random House)
The Cuban Club
Revised and expanded paperback edition, including two new stories (Seven Stories / Random House).
Synopses & Reviews
A masterpiece of mood and setting, character and remembrance, The Cuban Club is Barry Gifford’s ultimate coming-of-age story told as sixty-seven linked tales, a creation myth of the Fall as seen through the eyes of an innocent child on the cusp of becoming an innocent man.
Set in Chicago in the 1950s and early 1960s against the backdrop of small-time hoodlums in the Chicago mob and the girls and women attached to them, there is the nearness of heinous crimes, and the price to be paid for them. To Roy and his friends, these twists and tragedies drift by like curious flotsam. The tales themselves are koan-like, often ending in questions, with rarely a conclusion. The story that closes the book is in the form of a letter from Roy to his father four years after his father’s death, but written as if he were still alive. Indeed, throughout The Cuban Club Roy is still in some doubt whether divorce or even death really exists in a world where everything seems so alive and connected.
“What Gifford does with just a few pages is nothing short of magical. These very short stories straddle innocence and experience, good and evil. His tales are always dense with information, yet register with dreamlike intensity and have the resonance of an epiphany.” Jim Ruland, author of Forest of Fortune
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“River Woods,” a new short story excerpted from Gifford’s forthcoming book The Cuban Club to be published October 2017.