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Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned

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The stories are fast paced and as mentioned the language is wonderful, I had no trouble getting into a story and wanting to find out where it was going. Often the men are older, battered, no longer successful, and the women have had their patience sorely tried. my friend mike compares these stories to flannery o'connor's but the only similarity i see, besides the extraordinarily precise, rich, and sensual use of language, is their intensity. A tall girl with too much makeup on in "Down Through the Valley" is "a bleached giraffe in tight jeans.

I go wet at the eyes for my brother and swell with regret at the thirty-nine years we’ve spent lost to each other.Even with the comedy – a face is described “like a left-handed sketch” – there is an emotional sincerity to the work.

But what would you say about that crossing, when the winds went slack and it was five long weeks before we finally fetched up home? One of the hockchoppers spotted it first, and when he did, he let everyone know it by cutting loose with a long, obnoxious battle howl.I first read his story 'Raw Water' in 'The Best American Short Stories 2010' (originally published in McSweeney's) which isn't included in this collection.

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