“Surely in the past three decades we have moved beyond merely the inclusion of Speedos and horny waiters and The Pines in order for something to be considered ‘gay fiction.’ . . .
“Adults and scholars will find much to enjoy both in the editor’s insightful introductory essay and in her concise, interesting biographies of the artists. . . .
“that is exactly what Daniel Woodrell is: a storyteller, first and foremost.
“So I will say it in simple language: Buy this book. Read this book. It is masterful. It is one of the best short story collections published this year.
“Joan Connor loves words. . . . The cover of this book fails to suggest the riches within.”
“I Knew You’d Be Lovely is an impressive offering, from a strong new voice, of stories about life’s desperation.”
Quirky and edgy—the yin and yang of a good story. These two words give the concise description of The Brick Murder: A Tragedy, an anthology of short stories by Kurt Jose Ayau.