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FMU professor's book published

FLORENCE, S.C. –  “Someone to Crawl Back To,” a book by Francis Marion University English professor Phillip Gardner, was recently published by Boson Books of Raleigh, N.C.

The book is available on

 Deno Trakas, a professor of English at Wofford College who reviewed the book for The State newspaper, says it contains “fresh new voices of South Carolinians who go to the Piggly Wiggly, buy tacky hats at South of the Border and swap Dale Earnhardt stories.”

He describes the book as “a collection of 19 interrelated short stories touching the lives of about 20 characters who inhabit Florence and Myrtle Beach and the Paradise Lounge and who can’t quite figure out how to love and live with each other.”

 “Gardner’s book is funny and intelligent and all too true,” Trakas says. “It’s about people who have lost what they love, or thought they loved, and don’t know how to get it back, or if they want it back.”

Gardner is a two-time winner of the South Carolina Fiction Project writing contest, in 1991 and 2000. His short story that won in 2000, “Wrecker,” is included in “Someone to Crawl Back To.”

Gardner taught at FMU from 1980 to 1983 and returned to the faculty in 1986. He earned the B.A. and M.A. degrees in English from UNC Charlotte.

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Last Published: February 14, 2006 8:36 AM
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