Other Arms Reach Out to Me

Georgia Stories

This collection gathers together Michael Bishop's mainstream stories set in Georgia or featuring characters from Georgia. The collection represents the culmination of a career-long project that Bishop did not fully realize he had embarked upon, but that he did always have in the back of his mind. It opens with a hommage, both poignant and funny, to Flannery O’Connor, and closes with his daringly satirical Nebula Award-nominated novelette “Rattlesnakes and Men.”

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This is a work of fiction. All the characters and events portrayed in this book are fictional, and any resemblance to real people or incidents is purely coincidental.

First printing, June 2017

Distributed by Kudzu Planet Productions, an imprint of Fairwood Press

Printed in the United States of America

ISBN-13: 978-1-933846-65-1

Copyright © 2017 by Michael Bishop
“Introduction: Beyond Regionalism” © 2017 by Hugh Ruppersburg
“Andalusian Triptych, 1962,” “Baby Love,” and “The Road Leads Back” first appeared in Polyphony. | “Unlikely Friends” first appeared in Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine. | “Crazy about Each Other,” “The Russian Agent,” and “Free” first appeared in The Chattahoochee Review. | “Her Smoke Rose Up Forever” (under original title “Cutouts”) first appeared in The Georgia Review. | “How Beautiful with Banners” and “Doggedly Wooing Madonna” first appeared in Century. | “Change of Life” first appeared in New York Stories. | “Unfit for Eden” first appeared in Postscripts. | “Rattlesnakes and Men” first appeared in Asimov’s Science Fiction. | “Other Arms Reach Out to Me” and “No Picnic” are wholly original to this collection.

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