Here is Press 53’s press release:
New Press 53 Collection Draws Critical Praise
Winston-Salem, NC, July 23, 2009 — The award-winning stories that make up the linked collection IN AN UNCHARTED COUNTRY by Clifford Garstang showcase ordinary men and women in and around Rugglesville, Virginia. But according to National Book Award winner Tim O’Brien and recent Pulitzer Prize winner Elizabeth Strout there is nothing ordinary about Garstang’s new collection of stories from Press 53.
“IN AN UNCHARTED COUNTRY is an impeccably written, sumptuously imagined, and completely enchanting book of stories,” says Tim O’Brien. “Clifford Garstang is the real thing—a writer loaded with talent. And this book is a reminder of the delightful miracles a good story can perform in a reader’s heart.”
Elizabeth Strout, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Olive Kitteridge, says, “This collection delivers on its title: each story takes us into an area—emotional and geographic—where we may not have been before. There is an impressive variety here, and Garstang’s ability as a storyteller is on display each time.”
“Great story collections continue to find their way to us,” says Press 53 founder and publisher Kevin Watson. “This collection, IN AN UNCHARTED COUNTRY, will be right at home.”
Press 53 is an independent literary publishing company dedicated to finding new markets for short stories, part of which involves Watson acting as an advisor for short story adaptation to the School of Filmmaking faculty at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts.
IN AN UNCHARTED COUNTRY will debut on September 9, 2009. Garstang, an international lawyer turned fiction writer, lives in Staunton, Virginia. His stories and book reviews have appeared in numerous publications. A regional book tour is set to kick off on September 9.
Paperback, 8.5 x 5.5, 200 pages
Publisher: Press 53
Publication Date: September 9, 2009