Cary Holladay

A native of Virginia, Cary Holladay is the author of a novel, Mercury, and two collections of short stories, The People Down South and The Palace of Wasted Footsteps. Her awards include fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Tennessee Arts Commission as well as an O. Henry Prize. Her work has appeared in New Stories from the South and many literary magazines.

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Finalist for the 2007 John Gardner Award for Fiction

In these stories of magic and memory, clustered around a resort hotel in a small Virginia community, Cary Holladay takes the reader on an excursion through the changes wrought by time on the community and its visitors. From the quiet of a rural forest to the rhythms of rock and roll, The Quick-Change Artist is at once whimsical and hard-edged, dizzying in its matter-of-fact delivery of the fantastic.

“As for the actual characters in The Quick-Change Artist, they are some of the most unique and surprising in contemporary American short fiction. Ultimately, the most intriguing of all these characters is (the town of) Glen Ellen itself, with its ‘low locomotive thunder,’ its ‘singing rails’ luring us into a world we will not soon forget.”

The Southeast Review