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O the Clear Moment

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August 18, 2009 | Paperback |  4.8 x 6.7, 208 Pages | ISBN 9781582435299
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“[O the Clear Moment] is classic McClanahan...” —San Francisco Chronicle

If “memoirabilia” were a word, it would perfectly describe O the Clear Moment. In this enormously appealing “implied autobiography,” Ed McClanahan has assembled a gathering of stories that are both quirky and cutting, all told in the inimitable voice of one of his generation’s best southern chroniclers of American life.

McClanahan launches his tale in 1950, the year he turned seventeen and had his “Personal Best Great Moment”—one that involved Lucky Strikes, a Tony Curtis forelock, a pretty girl named Bernice, and several raw eggs. From there, McClanahan is off and running, describing characters from his eventful life with affectionate and precise detail.

Like “escapees from the cover of the Saturday Evening Post,” McClanahan and his stories come alive as American souvenirs, enchanting readers with the signature prose the Cleveland Plain Dealer says has a “bittersweet, almost wistful current trickling just beneath the surface . . . adding texture, continuity, and poignancy to his reminiscences without diminishing their gently humorous gifts.”

ED MCCLANAHAN is the author of several books, and his writing has appeared in Esquire, Rolling Stone, and Playboy. McClanahan has taught English and creative writing at Oregon State University, Stanford University, the University of Montana, and the University of Kentucky. He and his wife live in Lexington, Kentucky.


“[O the Clear Moment] is classic McClanahan: the tale of the perennial underdog who, despite all odds, redeems himself in the end, snatching a moment of dignity from the clutches of humiliation.” —San Francisco Chronicle

O the Clear Moment is a vivid expression of this aesthetic, an ‘implied autobiography’… a perfect encapsulation of what McClanahan’s been up to all along.” —Los Angeles Times

“Playful, self-deprecating and wickedly sharp, McClanahan’s nine autobiographical short stories delve into youthful shenanigans and poignant first love in the 1940s… McClanahan muses on the writing life and classic Americana with giddy nostalgia and gently barbed humor.” —Publishers Weekly Starred Review

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