CHARLES MCLEOD National Treasures

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National Treasures

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A man puts pieces of his life up for auction. An antique chess set played with a troubled brother ($99.99), number plates from a crashed stolen car ($20), Chuck Taylor trainers worn in a riot in Seattle ($8.99). Along with a short description, he tells their stories, how they fit into the tapestry of his life. In "National Treasures" men and women measure out their lives in tattoos, sharpened fragments of a moose's hoof, autumn leaves, scribbled phone numbers, the red eyes of a heron. This is the America we never see - it's not in the movies, or on the news. "National Treasures" is about people trying to get by and get on. These can be tough lives of tough love and tough luck but they are full of poignancy and intensity, and Charles McLeod writes about them thrillingly.

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"In his first collection of stories, McLeod catalogues with wit and insight the lives of characters who are brash, devious, lonely and troubled. In prose whose rhythmic lyricism often unspools like epic poetry, Charles McLeod constructs astonishingly vivid portraits of contemporary Americans--male escorts, a widowed farmer, a drug-addled orphan, an ex-Amish kid on rumspringa, and a narrator auctioning off a list of personal items--as they strive to navigate a contemporary culture they can't quite comprehend. Fearless and virtuosic, Charles McLeod proves himself in each of these twelve tales to be a master storyteller, and National Treasures is--as its title suggests--jam-packed with riches."
-Matthew Vollmer, author of Future Missionaries of America and Inscriptions for Headstones 
 
"These stories are a portrait of America in all its breadth...Charles McLeod knows the whole country through its ill-fitting parts and people. There are moments of wild candor and insight that crack the surface of daily life." -Salvatore Scibona, author of The End
 
"McLeod shows he's a craftsman that cares about the sentence and all its possibilities. A powerful and inventive collection of stories that matters." -Peter Nathaniel Malae, author of What We Are and Our Frail Blood

About the Author:

Charles McLeod's fiction has appeared in publications including Conjunctions, DOSSIER, Five Chapters, The Gettysburg Review, The Iowa Review, The Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small Presses, and on Salon; he is also the author of the novel American Weather. A Hoyns Fellow at the University of Virginia, he has also received fellowships from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown and San Jose State University, where he was a Steinbeck Fellow.

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