“Gifford cuts right through to the heart of what makes a good novel readable and entertaining. . . . The way Barry Gifford does it, it’s high art.” -Elmore Leonard
“Barry Gifford is all the proof the world will ever need that a writer who listens with his heart is capable of telling anyone’s story.” -Armistead Maupin
The coming-of-age novel that Barry Gifford was born to write, Memories from a Sinking Ship recounts a uniquely American childhood and adolescence through a boy’s travels with his mother and occasional time spent with an ailing gangster father. Memories from a Sinking Ship completes the spellbinding, largely autobiographical account begun previously in Wyoming and in the memoir The Phantom Father, set against the backdrop of 1950s and 1960s Chicago, the Florida Keys, and New Orleans–an America that has disappeared except in memory.
“Barry Gifford is a great writer, may Heaven and all help him, consequently.” -William Saroyan
“Nearly every Gifford story opens a Pandora’s Box of uncontainable emotions. . . . There’s no one like Barry Gifford, which is the best reason to read him.” -Richard Dyer, The Boston Globe
Winner of the Christopher Isherwood Foundation Prize for Fiction