Live Stream: Matthew Duffus Launches Dunbar’s Folly

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Dunbar's Folly and Other Stories paints the stories of Americans from sisters vacationing in Southern California to the kudzu-covered fields of Mississippi. Each story, built on luxurious landscapes, hones in on the turmoil of living in 21st Century America. Readers come face-to-face with the struggles of living off-grid and fighting for artistic credibility in a society that refuses to let freedom ring.

These eight stories present a host of memorable characters all in search of one thing: a meaningful life amid the challenges and opportunities of contemporary America. Within these pages an opera singer grows disenchanted with her art at the same time she becomes interested in her sister's romantic partner, a grieving young man picks up an ex-con hitchhiker on the way back from his uncle's funeral, and a hotel-owner seeks answers for his estranged wife's DUI and prison sentence for vehicular manslaughter. Whether set in rural Mississippi or upscale southern California, the stories showcase characters at all stages of adulthood, from a twenty-something dealing with the disappointments of an entry-level job to middle-aged characters working out relationships with other family members to a retiree bonding with his daughter during the building of an enormous folly. The stories provide compelling plots and characters who must make significant decisions for which no easy solutions exist. Instead, as in life, they seek answers wherever they can find them--in nature, art, and personal relationships.

Matthew Duffus is the author of the novel Swapping Purples for Yellows and the poetry chapbook Problems of the Soul and Otherwise. He lives in North Carolina and can be found online at and on twitter @DuffusMatthew.

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ISBN: 9781950730544
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Unsolicited Press - October 20th, 2020

Swapping Purples for Yellows Cover Image
ISBN: 9781970137972
Availability: Not Currently On Our Shelves. Usually Ships in 1-5 Days.
Published: Southern Fried Karma LLC - August 6th, 2019