“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.’ . . .
“‘Aren’t human beings awful, aren’t they absurd?’ one woman observes. ‘The things one catches oneself out in!’ Unfortunately, one wishes at times while reading these stories that Ms.
“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.”
“The 20 short stories in this collection cover widely varying themes with uniformly excellent skill. . . . Highly recommended.”
Lowestoft is a city on the east coast of England most noted for its production of fine porcelain in the 18th and 19th centuries.
A father hits his wife while grieving the loss of his son. Overcome with guilt, he wanders for days in the woods and nearly dies.
Horse, Flower, Bird is a most unusual book.