Down Along the Piney: Ozarks Stories - Richard Sullivan Prize in Short Fiction (Hardback)John Mort (author)
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Publisher: University of Notre Dame Press
Number of pages: 210
Dimensions: 229 x 152 mm
"John Mort's gritty, gorgeous collection stands as something exquisite and lush in the desert of America's failed attempts at intimacy. In a series of very powerful, spare, and loving stories his vision resonates, thunders, and crafts lightning from the sky. I won't soon forget the words one of his fiercely wrought people speaks: `The world was so full of cruelty that a little kindness was more powerful than the unleashed atom.'" - Shann Ray, author of Atomic Theory 432 and American Masculine
"John Mort writes about the Midwest and South, but his stories are universal. Down Along the Piney is filled with memorable, believable characters and prose that grabs you from the first word to the last." - Johnny D. Boggs, author of Greasy Grass: A Story of the Little Big Horn
"A new collection by John Mort is always a cause for celebration. Down Along the Piney solidifies his career as one of our most reliable raconteurs of the Ozarks. Anchored in the fictional town of Mountain Vale and the very real Piney River, Mort's humble and imperfect characters may wander up to Kansas or further south, but the blue-green hills remain in their blood. Mort's trademark strengths are everywhere in evidence: the confident and fast-paced story-telling; the spot-on dialogue; the sly humor. I've always admired how efficiently he enters a story, but this time round it is his graceful exits that impressed. This is a marvelous collection, without an ounce of dross." - Catherine Browder, author of Now We Can All Go Home: Three Novellas in Homage to Chekhov
"I've been a fan of John Mort's short fiction since I was bowled over by his collection, Tanks, in the mid-eighties. Down Along the Piney stands with the best work he's done-and that's saying something as John Mort is a master of the short story. These spare, evocative tales contain razor-sharp dialogue, intriguing plots, and memorable characters. Highly recommended." - Marc Leepson, Arts Editor, The VVA Veteran
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