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McBrearty’s Book and Writing Praised in Two Recent Reviews

May 12th, 2016  |  by  |  published in Blog, Press, Robert Garner McBrearty | Leave A Comment »

McBrearty.

Conundrum Press author Robert Garner McBrearty recently received two glowing reviews for his debut novel, The Western Lonesome Society (published Sept. 2015). High Country News, a nonprofit publication based in Paonia, Colorado, highlighted McBrearty’s witty and fabulously quirky writing style. Well-known literary magazine The Pleiades Book Review also featured McBrearty’s novel. In the High Country […]

A Conversation with Robert Garner McBrearty

November 30th, 2015  |  by  |  published in Blog, Robert Garner McBrearty | Leave A Comment »

McBrearty.

The Western Lonesome Society has been described as a surreal western. Some of it feels distinctly historical, while other parts of the story have a dream-like quality. What inspired you to create multiple narratives in one story?  I love that question.  To explain it, I really have to go back in time a bit, fifteen […]

The Western Lonesome Society — Chapter 1

September 15th, 2015  |  by  |  published in Blog, Robert Garner McBrearty | Leave A Comment »

The Western Lonesome Society — Chapter 1

Chapter 1: The Current Situation On a warm afternoon in summer, many years after his kidnapping, in the makeshift room above his garage, in a modest, ramshackle suburban neighborhood in a small city somewhere in the West, Jim stands at the window, training a pair of binoculars on the neighborhood streets. He’s watching for signs […]

‘Don’t Wait Too Long’: McBrearty on Writing

September 10th, 2015  |  by  |  published in Blog, Robert Garner McBrearty | Leave A Comment »

‘Don’t Wait Too Long’: McBrearty on Writing

  Late Night Thoughts from Robert Garner McBrearty  I woke up last night, was lying there, little to do, you know, listening to my wife breathe, the wind outside, and I was mulling over my life a bit, the pros and cons, and one thought that came, more or less, was: well, I wrote.  Maybe […]

The Western Lonesome Society

July 3rd, 2015  |  by  |  published in Fiction, New Releases, Robert Garner McBrearty | 3 Comments »

The Western Lonesome Society

Evoking the Western drama of Cormac McCarthy, the family sensibility of Kent Haruf, and the wacky, magical humor of Christopher Moore, McBrearty displays his storytelling prowess and wit in his debut novel. In this hilarious, poignant, over-the-top Western, Jim O’Brien writes the quixotic saga of his ancestors who grew up with a tribe of Comanches. […]

McBrearty’s First Story Keeps Giving

May 11th, 2015  |  by  |  published in Blog, Robert Garner McBrearty | Leave A Comment »

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Robert Garner McBrearty’s “The Dishwasher,” his first published short story, continues to garner accolades decades after its initial appearance in the Mississippi Review in 1982. This time, it’s in the form of a theatrical performance. Cape Elizabeth High School’s theater troupe won in their division at the Maine Drama Festival for their performance of “The […]

A Night at the Y

September 24th, 2014  |  by  |  published in Authors, Book Categories, Fiction, Robert Garner McBrearty | Leave A Comment »

A Night at the Y

Wild, funny, touching, and full of crackling dialogue, Robert Garner McBrearty’s stories turn the intensity of life up a notch, creating a heightened reality that is both hilarious and heartbreakingly real. His characters struggle to hold onto work, love, and sanity, and wrestle with the choice of whether to be responsible citizens and family men […]

Let the Birds Drink in Peace

September 23rd, 2013  |  by  |  published in Fiction, Robert Garner McBrearty | 4 Comments »

Let the Birds Drink in Peace

Each of Robert Garner McBrearty’s stories has its own sensibility, but what his characters share is a desire to know how best to live when confronted by unforeseeable chance. Here readers will meet budding writers, ailing professors, reluctant gunslingers, and kidnapped kids; they grapple with conflicts of conscience and the mysteries of love. McBrearty excels […]

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