William Gay


About the Author

William Gay lives in Hohenwald, Tennessee. He is the author of the novels The Long Home and Provinces of the Night, and the short story collection I Hate To See That Evening Sun Go Down.

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Author Essay

When I began this novel, my intent was to write a short story about a kinky undertaker who’d been misburying dead folks and the sister and brother who engineer a misbegotten attempt to blackmail him. Then, when I wrote the confrontation between Fenton Breece and the sister, I saw that all of it could not be told in a short story. It became a sort of gothic fairy tale, a fable of a luckless Hansel and Gretel who, each time the road diverges in the dark woods, seem fated to choose the wrong path.

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