The Purchase of Order

Stories by Gail Galloway Adams

A spirited collection that affirms the sheer fun of storytelling


"If there is a heaven, I'm sure Flannery O'Connor is in it, and if she's looking down on Gail Galloway Adams right now, I'm sure she's pleased."
—Susan Wood, Washington Post

"Adams possesses the ability to convey the poignancy and drama found even in everyday things. . . . Each story is told with an enthralling mixture of sadness and wit."
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In the cadence of a Texas drawl or the whisper of a midday kiss, these stories by Gail Galloway Adams capture untidy lives in which the pain of living is confounded with a grin. From the yoga instructor with her Earthshoes and mantras to the Texas aunt who wills herself insane, the characters in Adams's stories boldly face the sorrows and strains of everyday life, seeking relief in humor and redemption in words. The Purchase of Order depicts characters from Germany to Georgia, men and women attempting to find meaning within memory, who take joy in giving of themselves.
Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction

Page count: 160 pp.
Trim size: 5.5 x 8.5


List price: $19.95

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Gail Galloway Adams is a professor of English and creative writing at West Virginia University and was recently recognized as a professor of the year by the Carnegie Foundation. She resides in Morgantown, West Virginia.