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October 10, 2015: I was once again an Emerging Author finalist for the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award, but this year I won!image

July 15, 2014: I have been named an Emerging Author finalist (one of three) for the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award. The winner will be announced at a banquet in Indianapolis on October 25.

What the Zhang Boys Know has won the 2013 Library of Virginia Award for Fiction! See the story in the Richmond Times Dispatch. This was a great honor. The other finalists were The Yellow Birds by Kevin Powers and The Right-Hand Shore by Christopher Tilghman.

Reviews

  • in Pank: Review of What the Zhang Boys Know — “What The Zhang Boys Know is only Garstang’s second full-length publication, but it’s a beautiful, thought-provoking read that further assures a bright future for a talented writer.
  • on AliceOsborn.com: Review of What the Zhang Boys Know — “These stories are not a light walk through life but rather thought-provoking and often life changing narratives that are both personal and universal. Garstang allows the reader to find their own truth through fictional truth and in doing so, I believe the reader will find a morsel of themselves within each story.”
  • in New Madrid: Review of What the Zhang Boys Know“The writing in What the Zhang Boys Know is crisp, purposeful, and occasionally cinematic.”
  • in The Short Review: Review of In an Uncharted Country — “These are wonderful and authentic moments of insight where characters link emotion and geography in an attempt to communicate, to make sense of their experience.”
  • in Peace Corps Worldwide: Review of In an Uncharted Country — “If Clifford Garstang’s stories were a city, they wouldn’t be a place you would have heard much about. But if you happened to settle there, you wouldn’t want to leave. . . Garstang’s book looks good and reads better.”
  • in Mid-American Review (Volume XXX): Review of In an Uncharted Country — “Read Garstang for his handle on craft, his ability to imply. Read the book because it’s a navigational tool. With clear-eyed precision, it maps the unseen: It draws out how we locate ourselves in a world of knotty relations and turbulent climates.”

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