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The Effects of Knut Hamsun on a Fresno Boy: Recollections and Short Essays

The Effects of Knut Hamsun on a Fresno Boy: Recollections and Short Essays Gary Soto

These powerful personal narratives by the renowned author of Living Up the Street are clear and precise renderings of seemingly mundane moments. There is a delirious joy in Soto's writings, and heartbreak. This collection features his much-lauded essays "The Jacket" and "Like Mexicans," along with new essays such as "Childhood Worries, or Why I Became a Writer," "Getting It Done," and the title essay in which Soto fashions himself to be Fresno's own Knut Hamsun, the Norwegian writer of the 1920s who lived on nothing more than his five senses. Written from the heart, tempered by intelligence and enlived by imaginative spirit, these clear and deceptively simple accounts surprise, enlighten, and refresh.

Praise for the Book:
"Readers will feel immediate familiarity with the normal and ordinary events, people, and places Soto describes."—Library Journal

About the Author:
Gary Soto is a beloved and award-winning author of novels, poems and essays. He teaches writing at the University of California, Riverside.

Paperback / $12.95 (Can. $15.99) / ISBN 978-0-89255-254-2 / 224 pages / Memoir

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