Stephen Harrigan in conversation with Lou Berney.
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ABOUT THE LEOPARD IS LOOSE
The fragile, 1952 postwar tranquility of a young boy’s world explodes one summer day when a leopard escapes from the Oklahoma City zoo, throwing all the local residents into dangerous excitement, in this evocative story of a child’s confrontation with his deepest fears
For Grady McClarty, an ever-watchful but bewildered five-year-old boy, World War II is only a troubling, ungraspable event that occurred before he was born. But he feels its effects all around him. He and his older brother Danny are fatherless, and their mother, Bethie, is still grieving for her fighter-pilot husband. Most of all, Grady senses it in his two uncles: young combat veterans determined to step into a fatherhood role for their nephews, even as they struggle with the psychological scars they carry from the war.
When news breaks that a leopard has escaped from the Oklahoma City Zoo, the playthings and imagined fears of Grady’s childhood begin to give way to real-world terrors, most imminently the dangerous jungle cat itself. The Leopard Is Loose is a stunning encapsulation of America in the 1950s, and a moving portrait of a boy’s struggle to find his place in the world.
ABOUT STEPHEN HARRIGAN
STEPHEN HARRIGAN is the author of the New York Times best-selling The Gates of the Alamo, Remember Ben Clayton (which, among other awards, won the James Fenimore Cooper Prize from the Society of American Historians for best historical novel), Challenger Park, A Friend of Mr. Lincoln, and Big Wonderful Thing: A History of Texas. He is a writer-at-large for Texas Monthly, as well as a screenwriter who has written many movies for television. He lives in Austin, Texas.
ABOUT LOU BERNEY
LOU BERNEY is the best-selling, Edgar Award-winning author of four novels, NOVEMBER ROAD, THE LONG AND FARAWAY GONE, WHIPLASH RIVER, and GUTSHOT STRAIGHT. His short stories have appeared in publications such as THE NEW YORKER, PLOUGHSHARES, and the PUSHCART PRIZE anthology. He teaches in the Red Earth MFA program at Oklahoma City University.
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