Crimes in Southern Indiana by Frank Bill

When you’ve got nothing, you’ve got nothing to lose. (To quote Bob Dylan, as I’m wont to do more often than not. This time with good reason. Bob Dylan makes an appearance – albeit briefly – in the pages of Frank Bill’s masterful short story collection.) This sentiment applies to nearly all of Frank Bill’sContinue reading “Crimes in Southern Indiana by Frank Bill”

Knockemstiff by Donald Ray Pollock

sor·row (n.) /ˈsärō/ A feeling of deep distress caused by loss, disappointment, or other misfortune suffered by oneself or others. Appearances are deceiving; the world can be a beautiful place in that way. Despite my rather innocuous physicality and mild disposition (or perhaps because of…?), my mind is a far darker place than my tinyContinue reading “Knockemstiff by Donald Ray Pollock”

Save Yourself by Kelly Braffet

Are you interested in getting me to read a particular book? Tell me it has the scruffy appeal of Donald Ray Pollock (my most favorite among favorite authors) and the addictiveness of Breaking Bad. I’ll read it. When I read that Kelly Braffet’s latest novel, ‘Save Yourself’, had both of those attributes – consider meContinue reading “Save Yourself by Kelly Braffet”