If You Need Me I'll Be Over There

Paperback | June 1, 2016

byDave Madden

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After the Plains queered him, Dave Madden decided to return the favor. This outstanding collection of short stories tells the tale of a different kind of difference-one not set in the glittering lights of New York or Los Angeles, but in the grand and wide American Midwest. For Madden's characters, their queerness is part of the environment, like the soil, the sky, and the supermarket: an HIV-positive chemist uses football to connect with his brothers; a 17-year-old girl tussles with a cartoon cobra to avoid thinking about the mother who abandoned her; and a hotel concierge starts attending Mass even though his partner was molested by a priest. In seeking out the ordinary struggles of extraordinary people trying to figure out their place within families and communities, Madden masterfully explores what it means to be an outsider always looking in.

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After the Plains queered him, Dave Madden decided to return the favor. This outstanding collection of short stories tells the tale of a different kind of difference-one not set in the glittering lights of New York or Los Angeles, but in the grand and wide American Midwest. For Madden's characters, their queerness is part of the environ...

Dave Madden is author of The Authentic Animal: Inside the Odd and Obsessive World of Taxidermy. His shorter work has appeared in Harper's, Prairie Schooner, The Rumpus, DIAGRAM, The Normal School, Denver Quarterly, and elsewhere. He is the recipient of the Sherwood Anderson Award in fiction, an AWP Intro Journals Award in nonfiction, a...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:188 pages, 8 × 5.25 × 0.68 inPublished:June 1, 2016Publisher:Indiana University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:025302062X

ISBN - 13:9780253020628

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Pamela
Karl Friedrich Gauss
Smear the Queer
If You Need Me I'll Be Over There
An Uneven House
Little Fingers
If You Need Me I'll Be Over There
Another Man's Treasure
Irgendwo, Nirgendwo
We All Have Difficult Jobs
If You Need Me I'll Be Over There
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"While jaggedly comical and charming, Dave Madden's fiction is a sharp reflection of our darker moods, a rich skewering of domestic life, of workplace perversities, of misguided therapy. These portraits of families, lovers, and friends are smart, moving, and funny." -Timothy Schaffert, author of The Swan Gondola