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FIGHT NIGHT, Robert Flanagan
Thirteen stories published, Fall, 2011, by XOXOX Books, Gambier, OH.

In this new collection of stories, Robert Flanagan again works muscular magic bobbing, jabbing, and weaving with vivid dialogue and lively movements. We come across chiseled characters boxing, acting, attending Catholic grammar school, surviving Marine Corps basic they grunt, swear, sweat, tell lies, and stumble over truth cloaked in a rueful, gimlet-eyed Irish humor. In my favorite of this collection, a Chautauqua actor makes his way as John L. Sullivan, owning fame, pain and shame, preaching temperance beside Sojourner Truth, reaching for redemption as life and time glide on. Each of these stories is a fine little film, speckled with credible dialogue from nuanced personae, shaded with bittersweet longing and generous humor.
Publisher's Notes - Jerry Kelly

Like a perfect left hook hitting America's mid-section Robert Flanagan's new collection of stories packs a powerful wallop. Inside this book you will find spit and towel tales of the bruised and battered, but still resilient souls who come out swinging in that `cap down and collar up' corner of the universe where glory dreams collide with the hard knock life. From the salty reminisces of a worn out prize fighter to the liquid dreams of a youngster steeling himself for his first schoolyard fight Flanagan's brutally honest prose floats like a butterfly and stings like a bee sent straight to the heart. -- Nan Byrne
Writer and Television Producer
Editor of the fiction anthology BAR STORIES, Bottom Dog Press, Huron, OH.

An overzealous fan of THE SUN ALSO RISES, persuaded that the book's authenticity could only have come from personal experience, once sneaked into Ernest Hemingway's room and ripped off the bedclothes to see whether Papa's private parts were still intact. Robert Flanagan's readers needn't go to such extraordinary lengths. Whether he's writing about the boxing ring or the Marine Corps or small-town Ohio life, Flanagan's fiction uniformly reflects the accumulated wisdom of a man who has been there and done that. -- George Kimball
Author of FOUR KINGS: LEONARD, HAGLER, HEARNS, DURAN, AND THE LAST GREAT ERA OF BOXING, and
MANLY ART: THEY CAN RUN BUT THEY CAN'T HIDE, McBooks Press, Ithaca, NY



SELECTED WORKS

POETRY
Selected Poems, 1969-2009, Bottom Dog Press
FICTION
A hard-hitting, best-selling novel about U.S. Marine Corps boot camp at Parris Island.
Each of these stories is a fine little film, speckled with credible dialogue from nuanced personae, shaded with bittersweet longing and generous humor.
Prizewinning collection of stories about the war between men and women, praised by reviewers nationwide.
Stories filled with conflict and comedy
ESSAY
A brief personal essay on amateur boxing.
STAGE PLAY
A scientist comes to see his invention, a Humanoid Automated Reconnaissance Body, as a difficult "teenage son."
A two act dramatic comedy with occasional music set in 1912 in Liberty Center, Ohio.