Evening Out

Stories by David Walton


“Walton’s obvious affection for his characters, his dry, understated humor and his fine ear for the significant subtexts that lie beneath the banalities and half-sentences that intelligent people usually utter to one another give his better stories a gentle power.”
—Russell Banks, New York Times Book Review

“Often whimsical but finally quite acute presentations of middle-class hopes and desperations.”
—Alan Cheuse

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David Walton's collection of eight stories, five of which are set in Pittsburgh, offers darkly humorous meditations on modern life. In "Skin and Bone" an unexpected, strange, and ultimately tragic encounter between a karate student and his instructor raises questions about guilt and responsibility. "The Sundeck" touches on sex, loneliness, and the difficulty for people to meaningfully connect. In the title story, a dinner party attended by a struggling academic begins with the toast "No more angst or ennui" only to end in hostility and disaster. Evening Out was the first book to win the Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction.
Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction

Page count: 200 pp.
Trim size: 5.5 x 8.5


List price: $24.95

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David Walton is now retired from teaching English at the University of Pittsburgh. He is the author of one other short story collection, Waiting in Line, and a novel, Ride. He lives in Pittsburgh.