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O the Clear Moment

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August 18, 2009 | Paperback | 5 x 7, 208 pages | ISBN 9781582435299
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In this enormously appealing “implied autobiography,” Merry Prankster Ed McClanahan has assembled a gathering of what he calls “coming–of–age to coming–of–old–age” stories that are both quirky and cutting, hilarious and lyrical, all told in the inimitable voice of one of his generation’s best southern chroniclers of American life.

The tale begins in 1950, the year he turned 17 and, from there, McClanahan is off and running, describing characters from his eventful life with affectionate and precise detail. There’s the summer he spends on a road crew in Yosemite National Park, striving (with ever–decreasing degrees of success) to be faithful to his college sweetheart back home. There’s the McClanavan—the ’68 VW Microbus that took McClanahan and his new bride on a 14,000–mile trek in search of honky–tonks. There’s the 1969 “peace” demonstration at Stanford University that was less a revolution than a traffic jam. McClanahan and his stories come alive as American souvenirs, enchanting readers with his signature prose in this stunning piece of “memoirabilia.”

About Ed McClanahan

ED MCCLANAHAN, a native of northeastern Kentucky, is the author of several books, including The Natural Man and Famous People I Have Known. He is the recipient of a Wallace Stegner Fellowship, two Yaddo fellowships, and an Al Smith Fellowship. He has taught at Oregon State University, Stanford, the University of Kentucky, the University of Montana, and Northern Kentucky University. He lives in Kentucky with his wife.

"[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)

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