New PDF release: American Standard (Pitt Drue Heinz Lit Prize)

By John Blair

Winner of the 2002 Drue Heinz Literature Prize

Selected by way of Elizabeth Hardwick

It is hard to work out what lurks underneath the skin of a muddy river, an alligator-infested lake, or a John Blair brief tale. The deep currents that force a demure, religious, church-going lady to shoot her husband; the ripple impact of a middle of the night rendezvous at church formative years camp that is going slightly—then horribly—askew; the sinkholes which could swallow Porsche dealerships—or marriages; what's dredged up in American Standard can't simply be forgotten.

Set often in relevant Florida, Blair’s tales are jam-packed with humans residing lives of disquieting longing and obdurate isolation. For them, this is often the yank commonplace, as ubiquitous and undistinguished as vitreous china toilet fixtures.

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