Frederick Barthelme directed the Center for Writers at the University of Southern Mississippi from 1977-2010. There he also edited the literary magazine Mississippi Review and directed graduate fiction and nonfiction workshops for M.A. and Ph.D. candidates. He has published sixteen books with publishers such as Viking, Penguin, Houghton Mifflin, Doubleday, Grove and Simon & Schuster. He has published over 70 short stories and nonfiction pieces in magazines including The New Yorker, Esquire, Gentlemen’s Quarterly, Harper’s, TriQuarterly, Antioch Review, Epoch, Ploughshares, The New York Times, Men’s Health, Playboy, and many others.
Frederick Barthelme’s most recent book is the novel Waveland published by Doubleday in 2009 in hardcover and 2010 in paper. It is set in Waveland, Mississippi, a year after hurricane Katrina leveled the place. The book is available in hardcover, paperback, and Kindle versions at Amazon and elsewhere.
If you’d like to read a bit of the book click the following link to the beginning of the novel.
And here are some reader’s reports:
From Publishers Weekly
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“Sophisticated, and wry. . . . A triumph of meaning—and writing. . . . A treasure of a book.”—Buffalo News
“Waveland is signature Barthelme.”—Bookforum
“It’s impossible to conceive of any writer doing what he does any better than he does it.”—Margaret Atwood, The New York Times Book Review
“As clever and precise as a French farce; except that instead of doors opening sharply on one side and slamming shut on the other, these dangle indecisively ajar.”—The Boston Globe
“One of the most distinctive prose stylists since Hemingway.” —Vogue
“Barthelme’s latest is about loss…but it is also a recognition that starting over, however involuntarily, forces people out of habit and into building something that might hold up better this time.”–Maud Newton, NPR
“Barthelme’s eye and ear unerringly capture the moment he lives in.”—The Los Angeles Times
“Well-written and entertaining.”—St. Louis Tribune
“Illustrates the beauty that sympathetic, precise examination of people and places, stripped of any grandiosity or overcomplication, can convey.”—Philadelphia City Paper