About the Book

O the Clear Moment

O the Clear Moment

August 2009
Trade Paperback · 208 Pages
$14.95 U.S. · £9.99 U.K. · €10.99 E.U.
ISBN 9781582435299



If “memoirabilia” were a word, it would perfectly describe O the Clear Moment. In this enormously appealing “implied autobiography,” Ed McClanahan has assembled a gathering of stories that are both quirky and cutting, all told in the inimitable voice of one of his generation’s best Southern chroniclers of American life.

McClanahan launches his tale in 1950, the year he turned 17 and had his “Personal Best Great Moment” — one that involved Lucky Strikes, a Tony Curtis forelock, a pretty girl named Bernice, and several raw eggs. From there, McClanahan is off and running, describing characters from his eventful life with affectionate and precise detail.

Like “escapees from the cover of the Saturday Evening Post,” McClanahan and his stories come alive as American souvenirs, enchanting readers with his signature prose.

About the Author

Ed McClanahan is the author of several books, and his writing has appeared in Esquire, Rolling Stone, and Playboy. McClanahan has taught English and creative writing at Oregon State University, Stanford University, the University of Montana, and the University of Kentucky. He and his wife live in Lexington, Kentucky.