Name of the Nearest River Stories

ISBN-10: 1932511806
ISBN-13: 9781932511802
Edition: 2010
Authors: Alex Taylor
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Description: “Alex Taylor is a fresh new voice, not just in Kentucky, but in American literature.”Chris OffuttLike a room soaked in the scent of whiskey, perfume, and sweat, Alex Taylor's America is at once intoxicating, vulnerable, and full of brawn. These  More...

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Book details

List price: $16.95
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Sarabande Books, Incorporated
Publication date: 4/1/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.638
Language: English

“Alex Taylor is a fresh new voice, not just in Kentucky, but in American literature.”Chris OffuttLike a room soaked in the scent of whiskey, perfume, and sweat, Alex Taylor's America is at once intoxicating, vulnerable, and full of brawn. These stories reveal the hidden dangers in the coyote-infested fields, rusty riverbeds, and abandoned logging trails of Kentucky. There we find tactile, misbegotten characters, desperate for the solace found in love, revenge, or just enough coal to keep an elderly woman's stove burning a few more nights. Echoing Flannery O'Connor and William Faulkner, Taylor manages fervor as well as humor in these dusky, shotgun plots, where in one story, a man spends seven days in a jon boat with his fiddle and a Polaroid camera, determined to enact vengeance on the water-logged body of a used car salesman; and in another, a demolition derby enthusiast nicknamed "Wife" watches his two wild, burning love interests duke it out, only to determine he would rather be left alone entirely. Together, these stories present a resonant debut collection from an unexpected new voice in Southern fiction.Alex Taylor has worked as a day laborer on tobacco farms, as a car detailer at a used automotive lot, as a sorghum peddler, as a tender of suburban lawns, at various fast food chains, and at a cigarette lighter factory. He holds an MFA from the University of Mississippi and now teaches at Western Kentucky University. He lives in Rosine, Kentucky.

Acknowledgments
The Name of the Nearest River
Things Both Right and Needed
The Coal Thief
Equator Joe's Famous Nuclear Meltdown Chili
This Device Must Start on Zero
At Late or Early Hour
The Evening Part of Daylight
We Were Men and the Fire Made Us
A Lakeside Penitence
A Courier Among Green Trees
Winter in the Blood
The Author

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