In "The Practical Heart", the narrator's great-aunt, deprived of the family fortune, becomes the young boy's guide to life outside provincial North Carolina. In "Preservation News", a well-born matron eulogizes a gay preservationist who saved everything but his own life. "He's One, Too" chronicles an admired local businessman accused of child molestation. "Saint Monster" reveals a son's memories of a man truly Christ-like and therefore utterly endangered.
"This collection of four novellas places Gurganus in the pantheon of America's best storytellers." (Library Journal)
"As intriguing as it is deadly funny....An entertaining, disturbing, and inspiring book...[from] one of our greatest living raconteurs." (The Atlantic Monthly)