On the 20th anniversary of the publicaton of Barry Gifford's acclaimed international bestseller, Wild at Heart (Grafton), and the anniversary of David Lynch's award-winning eponymous film, Sailor and Lula: The Complete Novels presents all the stories that comprise the saga of Sailor Ripley and Lula Pace Fortune, the Romeo and Juliet of the South. 'It's like looking into the Garden of Eden before things went bad.' - David Lynch 'A dark and comic ride through a fantasy America that rings desperately true.' - New York Times
The author of more than forty works of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, which have been translated into over twenty-five languages, BARRY GIFFORD writes distinctly American stories for readers around the globe. From screenplays and librettos to his acclaimed Sailor and Lula novels, Gifford's writing is as distinctive as it is difficult to classify. Born in the Seneca Hotel on Chicago's Near North Side, he relocated in his adolescence to New Orleans. The move proved significant: throughout his career, Gifford's fiction--part-noir, part-picaresque, always entertaining--is born of the clash between what he has referred to as his "Northern Side" and "Southern Side." Gifford has been recipient of awards from PEN, the National Endowment for the Arts, the American Library Association, the Writers Guild of America and the Christopher Isherwood Foundation. His novel Wild at Heart was adapted into the 1990 Palme d'Or-winning film of the same name. Gifford lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.