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Another Perfect Catastrophe, by Brad Barkley

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Another Perfect Catastrophe, by Brad Barkley

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With his keen ability to evoke characters in the South and Middle America who find themselves in reduced circumstances, Brad Barkley restores our faith in human beings to endure the ravages of time with decency and humor.

Out of intense loyalty, Reed feels reluctant to leave his crippled friend when his girlfriend pressures him to move on.

Mourning their baby’s death, a couple takes up dancing lessons to recapture their closeness.

Two drifters, Bosco and Ray, scheme to murder an old man, steal his diamonds, and pay a doctor to save Bosco’s life.


“As pungent and acrid as burning rubber, managing against the odds to pull us into an unpleasant world of speechless despair.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Heart surgeons and marriage counselors alike could learn from Brad Barkley’s Another Perfect Catastrophe. These stories run through readers’ veins like a special elixir meant to repair what troubles us most: those curious and ineffable quandaries between woman and men. Funny, heartbreaking, and ultimately honest, Barkley has widened the already-bright beam from his previous works.” —George Singleton, author of The Half-Mammals of Dixie

"Underline this writer as one whose work needs to be on your shelf. You will be much the better for it." ---Mississippi Clarion-Ledger


Brad Barkley grew up in North Carolina where he still visits a few times a year. After that, he lived on the coast of Maryland, the mountains of Arkansas, the coast of North Carolina (again), and the mountains of Maryland (again). A pattern emerges. Besides Scrambled Eggs At Midnight, he is the author of two novels and two story collections for adults. He has also co-authored, with Heather Hepler, Dream Factory and Jars of Glass. To learn more about his work, please visit