- Publisher: North Carolina Wesleyan College Press
- Publication Date: 1997 (originally published 1967)
- ISBN: 0933598262
Gringos and Other Stories contains the complete Grove Press edition originally published in 1967 as well as six additional stories of the period.
Rumaker's second book, first collection of short stories, very highly praised upon its appearance - "six of the most powerful American stories written in the past decade. In them Michael Rumaker probes the dark underside of the bright surface this country presents to the world as its official image. The stories are about the people who have been 'advertised out': soldiers, sailors, marines, bums, hoboes, wanderers, homosexuals, thieves, working stiffs - those who live on the delicate edge of poverty and despair."
This is perhaps the book on which Rumaker's reputation rests - in their minimalism, emphasis on action and dialogue, and the raw grittiness of life which they project, they both reflected the disillusionment of the beat writers and prefigured the works of writers like Raymond Carver and Tobias Wolff.