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The Practical Heart

The Practical Heart by Allan Gurganus
Aug 27, 2002 | 336 Pages
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“Gurganus is an old-fashioned yarn spinner. . . . [The Practical Heart] reanimates all those familiar truths about art’s power to transform and redeem.” –The New York Times

“As intriguing as it is deadly funny. . . . An entertaining, disturbing, and inspiring book . . . [from] one of our greatest living raconteurs.” –The Atlantic Monthly

“Gurganus’s commitment to the importance of suffering and the power of art to redeem it, so like Henry James’, blows through [these stories] like a cold wind of truth.” –Newsday

“There is no other American writer working from his recipe, and nobody dishing it out with such full-throated gusto.” –The Washington Post


Lambda Literary Award WINNER 2001

Author Essay

Here on his author’s desktop, Allan Gurganus presents the tale of the creation of the four novellas that comprise The Practical Heart, drawn entirely by his own hand.

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