“If you turn to literature to tell you a good story, that has something to say about the human heart, and that surprises you with language’s beauty and, well, surprises, Hannah is your writer. And this book contains a lot of his work, even if it’s never enough.” Time Out Chicago (5 star review)
A New York Times Notable Book of 2011
Barry Hannah was widely recognized as one of the masters of the American short story and his death in March 2010 brought writers and readers out of the woodwork to mourn an irrevocable loss to American letters. Now, combining the best of the four story collections he published during his lifetime and the final manuscript he left behind, Long, Last, Happy
will cement his legacy and serve as the definitive collection of his finest work in the story form.
From his first collection, Airships, Barry Hannah made the literary world sit up and take notice. His ferocious, glittering prose and sui generis worldview introduced readers to a literary New Southa fictional landscape that “Vanity Fair Daily” has summarized as covering “Women, God, lust, race, nature, gay Confederates, good old boys, bad old boys, guns, animals, fishing, fighting, cars, pestilence, surrealism, gritty realism, the future, and the past . . . tossed together in glorious juxtapositions.”
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
called Hannah “the mendacity-battling colossus bestriding the cotton-growing, Wal-Mart-shopping, history-haunted states the rest of the country calls ‘down there.’” The definitive collection of a giant of the American short story, and including never-seen new material, Long, Last, Happy
confirms that Barry Hannah was one of the most brilliant voices of our time.