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David Kranes
Low Tide in the Desert

Original Airdate: November 9, 1996


About the Author

David Kranes is an emeritus professor of English at the University of Utah, where he received the Ramona Cannon Teaching Award and University Professor Award among other honors. His novels include "Hunting Gallery," "Keno Runner," "The National Tree" and "Margins;" his short story, "Cordials," won the 1996 Pushcart Prize, followed the next year by "Low Tide in the Desert: Nevada Stories," which won the Western Heritage Award for Best Short Story. Two of his plays, "Cantrell" and "Going In," were published in Best American Short Plays, 1987. And, Horay won the CBS Playwrights Award.


About this Book

The 11 short stories in "Low Tide in the Desert" celebrate a master storyteller's longtime fascination with Nevada from the deliberately hallucinogenic urban distractions of Reno and Las Vegas to disturbing legends born in Jackpot and Battle Mountain. He treats his vivid cross-section of humanity with dignity and even a tenderness completely without sentimentality.


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