Current finalist, Foreword Reviews Award, humor
The brief stories in The Capital of Kansas City come alive with conflicted, three-dimensional characters facing all-too-human dilemmas. A literary treasure that can be savored one story at a time or all at once, The Capital of Kansas City is a choice pick for personal reading lists, book clubs, and public library collections. Highly recommended. —Midwest Book Review
From the American Midwest to Mexico and Paris, Gary Gildner’s stories in The Capital of Kanas City explore love, death, and aging with whimsical humor. The cast of quirky but fully human characters are led by Mary Beth Urquhart, a lovable Kansas City attorney who finds time for pro bono work. The loves played out in the stories are as intense as they are faulty, and through them, the book offers an investigation of love-in-the-broadest-sense unified by a unique voice and a poet’s eye for wit, detail, and use of language.
Alice Munro has said about Gary Gildner's work: "There's such a good feeling about these stories--that the writer knows his people, the whole texture of their lives, in different lights, that he'll take you a long way into them, and you'll always be surprised and satisfied in the right way, never tricked or betrayed."
Gary Gildner has been publishing stories for decades in such magazines as Antaeus, Grand Street, New Letters, Shenandoah, and the Antioch, Chicago, Georgia, North American, and Southern reviews. The Capital of Kansas City is his fourth collection of them. He has received the National Magazine Award for Fiction, Pushcart prizes in fiction and nonfiction, and the Iowa Poetry Prize for The Bunker in the Parsley Fields. He has held fellowships from the NEA, Breadloaf, MacDowell, Yaddo, and Senior Fulbright Lectureships to Poland and Czechoslovakia. He lives with his wife Michele in Idaho’s Clearwater Mountains.
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