from Hub City Press, May 2023
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scott.gloden[at]gmail lives in philadelphia, on unceded Lenape land. his stories have appeared in American Short Fiction, Glimmer Train, and StoryQuarterly. he has a master’s of public policy from Carnegie Mellon and works on homeless and housing initiatives.

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“Gloden explores these difficult subjects with such tenderness and complexity that he never strikes a false note, never repeats himself. This is an amazing book that introduces us to an exciting new voice.”
—Kevin Wilson, author of Now is Not the Time to Panic

“You will want to tear through these ten funny, worldly and brilliant stories; they are so in love with everything they encounter. The language these stories give to their events is incredible, grasping so much joie de vivre, but also sudden heartbreak and despair.”
—Rebecca Lee, author of Bobcat and Other Stories

“It’s not always summer, but these stories sear, sweat. Gloden earns the title The Great American Everything, a collection I’ll return to again and again.”
—Mary Miller, author of Biloxi

“Social conscience meets psychological despair in stories that show plenty of literary command.”
Kirkus Reviews
“Gloden enlivens the everyday situations with insightful social commentary and memorable voices. As slice-of-life stories go, these stand out.”
Publishers Weekly

“These 10 works are all set in the South but somehow offer a full sampling of the American identity dilemma. There is no one American culture. Gloden seems content to assert that perhaps to fall apart is not to be divided. It is instead simply to be and belong in this “everything” of states that we call America.”
—Kashif Andrew Graham, Chapter16

“It’s not every day that a reader comes across a compilation of short stories where every story is a win, but Scott Gloden was able to do just that.”
—Jenny Maattala, Southern Review of Books
The Great American Everything is a collection of quiet stories about how large-scale problems fit into the realm of each individual’s existence.”
—Eileen Gonzalez, Foreword Reviews