I‘ve read plenty of articles by David Gates, but I don’t think I’ve ever read any of his fiction, though he’s written plenty. His breakthrough came twenty-five years ago, when his debut Jernigan was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Since then he has published one other novel, Preston Falls, and two short story collections, The Wonders of the Invisible World and A Hand Reached Down to Guide Me. If that seems like a small output over a quarter century, that may be because Gates has been a prolific critic and journalist; he wrote about books and music for Newsweek until 2008.
He has published one other story in The New Yorker, “A Secret Station” in 2005. I’m glad to see he’s still going!
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