Sinners of Sanction County MOBI ê Sinners of

Sinners of Sanction County MOBI ê Sinners of

Sinners of Sanction County ➽ [Reading] ➿ Sinners of Sanction County By Charles Dodd White ➲ – Capitalsoftworks.co.uk Strong stories of the contemporary South by fine fiction writer There is a sureness to these stories that arises from an intimate and absolute understanding of the landscape from which they arise The Strong stories of the contemporary South by fine fiction writer There is a sureness to these stories that arises from an intimate and absolute understanding of the landscape from which they arise The characters are true and wholly realized, their conflicts as urgent and as current as the daily news Not sensationalized but forthrightly told, these stories are of the times as well the region Here is contemporary Appalachia Chris Holbrook, author of Upheaval.


10 thoughts on “Sinners of Sanction County

  1. Melanie Melanie says:

    This compelling short story collection begins with an unforgettable commitment to silence that echoes through the reading, finishing with the arresting Jack s Gun and a ghost hope for peace This fits right into the pocket of southern lit that I love so much, men wrestling with their blood and history, kicked up or pinned under the boot of the landscape The prose itself is poetic whilst remaining incredibly readable and there are passages with that mysterious cadence of mythology, particular This compelling short story collection begins with an unforgettable commitment to silence that echoes through the reading, finishing with the arresting Jack s Gun and a ghost hope for peace This fits right into the pocket of southern lit that I love so much, men wrestling with their blood and history, kicked up or pinned under the boot of the landscape The prose itself is poetic whilst remaining incredibly readable and there are passages with that mysterious cadence of mythology, particularly in the ever so large Age of Stone.I ve been privileged to read some exemplary short story collections over the last year this one is right up there sharing the top shelf with favourites.Highly recommend


  2. Kirk Smith Kirk Smith says:

    I felt really smug reading such a pleasurable and beautifully written book, knowing in advance from reviews that I could expect it to be good Charles Dodd White deserves all the praise that I can heap upon him Other readers have done a far better job with their detailed reviews than I shall I was very pleased that there was not a weak selection in this collection of short stories about contemporary Appalachia The writing is fearless, hard edged, and very satisfying In spite of the sparse s I felt really smug reading such a pleasurable and beautifully written book, knowing in advance from reviews that I could expect it to be good Charles Dodd White deserves all the praise that I can heap upon him Other readers have done a far better job with their detailed reviews than I shall I was very pleased that there was not a weak selection in this collection of short stories about contemporary Appalachia The writing is fearless, hard edged, and very satisfying In spite of the sparse style it borders on poetic Off the subject, but without Goodreads and the good people that share their thoughts, would I have ever found Charles Dodd White I missed the early years of Goodreads, but now I wonder how I got by before I am so living in the moment, and finding such joy in discovering books like this nearly every day Out of all the developments that computers and the internet have brought, I think Goodreads and that connection to other readers is the very best


  3. Jamie Jamie says:

    This is one of my favorite books of short stories this year I don t even have to look to see what short stories I m comparing it to It doesn t matter This is up there.Maybe it s my own fault, my own lack of exposure, maybe they re out there and I haven t found them yet, but I can find plenty of stories set in Tennessee, in Kentucky, in Georgia, in Alabama I ve got books titled Arkansas I ve got short stories named Mississippi But the ones in my own specific place, in western Carolina, This is one of my favorite books of short stories this year I don t even have to look to see what short stories I m comparing it to It doesn t matter This is up there.Maybe it s my own fault, my own lack of exposure, maybe they re out there and I haven t found them yet, but I can find plenty of stories set in Tennessee, in Kentucky, in Georgia, in Alabama I ve got books titled Arkansas I ve got short stories named Mississippi But the ones in my own specific place, in western Carolina, are few and far between I almost don t mind it They re all theprecious that way.This one, I can see reading again and again Each story is short, it ends with a punch, and I love getting punched by stories I love it when I want to sit there and absorb the blow for a minute, but also scramble right up into the next one


  4. Josh Josh says:

    The crowd quiets as I nervously await my destined moment of admission The haphazardly formed circle of red acrylic seats bolted atop the cafeteria s chrome tubed chairs starts to settle I look for familiar faces but don t find any there may be distant acquaintances there, but my nervousness blocks any recollection Most faces summons very low anxiety, but I have no doubt that my jitters present rather clearly on display for all to see I stand, less woozy and dazed than I had anticipated Th The crowd quiets as I nervously await my destined moment of admission The haphazardly formed circle of red acrylic seats bolted atop the cafeteria s chrome tubed chairs starts to settle I look for familiar faces but don t find any there may be distant acquaintances there, but my nervousness blocks any recollection Most faces summons very low anxiety, but I have no doubt that my jitters present rather clearly on display for all to see I stand, less woozy and dazed than I had anticipated The time has come to admit my habit, and with much less effort than was feared I take the first step to ownership of my weakness, Hello, my name is Josh and I m a short story junkie If that s at all your issue, this book will feed your habit It comes as close as any I ve read recently to recapturing the experiences of my first few gritty collections William Gay and Rick Bass specifically Unlike other offerings, this isn t 5 mediocre stories sandwiched between greatness in the first few and the last one They re every one strong Full of place, emotion, conflict, and guts My favorite might well be the last one Jack s Gun only because so much was in play, followed by a close second in A World of Delightin the flavor of those gritty, whiskey fueled, dysfunctional twisted shorts written in my traditional sweet spot Winter by Heart had the mysterious intrique that still allowed for a mind blowing WHOA moment in its finish, and The Sweet Sorrowful converted humor to passion and care If Woodrell, Rash, Pollock, Heathcock, or either of the previously mentioned authors turn your crank then get this one to the top of your stack promptly


  5. Charles White Charles White says:

    I wrote it, so I like it.


  6. Ned Ned says:

    Very impressed with this new writer evocative of Larry Brown and, perhaps even, Raymond Carver in describing lonely men with strained or peculiar relationships with women and histories of regret Buddies, drinking, dogs, trucks and guns are all traditional fare in the great Smokey mountains These are short stories with well crafted starting paragraphs and often shattering conclusions White turns a fine phrase, and switches idioms well amongst the protagonists, demonstrating a range of person Very impressed with this new writer evocative of Larry Brown and, perhaps even, Raymond Carver in describing lonely men with strained or peculiar relationships with women and histories of regret Buddies, drinking, dogs, trucks and guns are all traditional fare in the great Smokey mountains These are short stories with well crafted starting paragraphs and often shattering conclusions White turns a fine phrase, and switches idioms well amongst the protagonists, demonstrating a range of personal experiences old, young, smart, dull, angry White s characters are colorful, for example this one s deaf wife woke him from a faint doze, working her hands in the air above his head, stitching words Wednesday evening The choir would be singing and she was intent that he drive her down to the church Despite her deafness, she was always fierce about a choir Hawkins knew there was no space for disagreement once her mind was set, so he go his hat from its nail Together they went to the truck p 13.White s men spend a lot of time outdoors and his description of the elements and the land and the passing of the sun and moon are well done The women too, unpredictable as the weather, come and go For example, the lovely stepmother emerges from the house to help skin the recently slain bear cub When Alice came, she had the knives wrapped in a white hand towel She set them aside then doubled the towel, drew her dress to her thighs and knelt on it When Luke did not reach for the smaller knife, she took it up and slit the cub s crotch, detaching the wormy penis and slicing up until the pale belly was bared Then, she repeated the meridian of the cut, this time slipping the blade into the muscle and fat until the innards began to swell up through the smiling incision p 123.The only criticism I have is the quality of publishing typos aplenty, unprofessional author photo etc But this didn t distract me from the fine writing and great stories this young author produced


  7. Rusty Rusty says:

    So, I think I said before that I don t want to rate books that I ve read from people I know, or at least, from people I ve met But usually, when I ask an author they insist they d rather have an honest review than nothing at all but I strongly suspect that no author thinks I would dream of ever shitting all over their book And I ve thought about it some, and while I reserve the right to change my mind, or contradict myself, or forget any vows I ve taken in the past, or future, as of right now So, I think I said before that I don t want to rate books that I ve read from people I know, or at least, from people I ve met But usually, when I ask an author they insist they d rather have an honest review than nothing at all but I strongly suspect that no author thinks I would dream of ever shitting all over their book And I ve thought about it some, and while I reserve the right to change my mind, or contradict myself, or forget any vows I ve taken in the past, or future, as of right now I ve decided an average review is better than no review And also, I m not going to be shitting all over this book, and another also, this was pretty good I only have problems with this deal of mine when it s a book I m not that thrilled with Then I have to weigh how much I like the author over how much I need to be honest about a review.Then I remember that I m the only one reading these stupid reviews, aside from the occasional lurking internet person who stumbles upon these, usually way in the future hello, future person and maybe the author his or herself In which case, er, sorry, I hope we can still be friends Or, if not friends, I hope you don t actively work to sabotage me in any future endeavors to be a successful author myself Honestly, maybe I shouldn t be reviewing anyone s works No, I should, the real question is whether or not I should make these public I d have to weigh my subtle narcissistic dream of some random person seeing this review and being like, Damn, Mr Rusty, you re review of this relatively obscure book is so amazing, I want to purchase any half baked novel or novel idea you have for a zillion dollars and make movies and video games and comic books out of it, and you ll be rich and famous and popular forever and ever and it s all because of your amazing review you did Who am I kidding That s not a dream that s practically guaranteed to happen I just need to keep plugging away at these reviews until the day my ship comes in Where was I Oh yeah, something about having met this author The good Prof White stopped by my writer s group a few weeks ago to share his thoughts about writing in general, and writing stories and novels specifically My thoughts on him He was pretty great He was self effacing but still confident, he spoke like someone who knew what he was talking about and altogether seemed to have his shit together The book of his I just finished is a short story collection, each taking place I think in Sanction County Maybe it s in North Carolina, I m not sure it s stated outright, actually, I wonder if it s a real place Hang on When I search on Google it just brings up this book, so I guess it s a fictional place That s good to know, it makes the stories seemmeta, you know They re all connected, as best I can tell, only by this location And again, there may be a story or two that takes place elsewhere, I just didn t pay that much attention to the locations in the stories until just now, after it s all over and I ve put the book away Regardless, with that out of the way, what did I think about the actual content of this collection I m glad you asked, future movie producer, this is pretty great I tip my hat to the author because he clearly knows what he s doing here As a reader of things, I ve noted my tastes have been changing over the past few years, and theplot heavy books are starting to feelpaint by numbery to me nowadays I m starting to prefer, I think, slightlyliterary tales That isn t to say that something with a million dollar concept isn t awesome to me, but I ve just noticed that I m becominginterested in the characters of the stories I m enjoying than in the big explosions and endless pages of kung fu fights Maybe I m growing Probably not Uh, so this is, for me, something that is skirting the line of my tastes between being expertly written and overwritten It s a fine line, and one I m no expert in But much like porn, I get this little feeling in my gut when I come across something that I think crosses that line The very first story in this collection I forgot the title, again, I put the book away and don t feel like going and looking it up I thought wasin the overwritten camp, while the very last story of the anthology was in the expertly written realm For the most part, the stories are fascinating and extremely well written I d complain that most of them ended in ways I didn t quite feel worked, at least not for me I just said, sorta I did, you just have to read between the lines , that I don t need all the plot threads wrapped up perfectly in my tales, but in the case here, I think I could have used a littlein that area I don t know If you think I m being dumb about all this then please, stop reading, because I have a lotdumb I can spew here While I want theliterary and character richness I see here in spades, I also want aplot centric story too I want it all Not just two of the three That isn t to say that there aren t some really powerful stories here, the one with the guy who s out to kill his brother s wife, the aforementioned final story on the collection, were both masterpieces in my mind I wouldn t change a thing But some of the other tales, yeah, they could have used a bitMaybe In all, I m a fan of this author, and wish him well, I m anxious to read his novel, if he can give as much characterization and fantastic prose as he did here, and combine it with a novel worthy plot, then we might have something very special for me to read in the near future


  8. B. Rule B. Rule says:

    Parts of this short story collection are dense confections, loaded with complex, often gruffly beautiful prose, unsparing portraits of mountain life, and short, intense stories that develop maximum punch from brief vignettes However, other parts read like the early drafts of MFA work, and contain some real groaners of plot, character, and diction I believe White is a skillful writer, but my belief that his talent had sufficiently matured wavered throughout this brief volume The rating I give Parts of this short story collection are dense confections, loaded with complex, often gruffly beautiful prose, unsparing portraits of mountain life, and short, intense stories that develop maximum punch from brief vignettes However, other parts read like the early drafts of MFA work, and contain some real groaners of plot, character, and diction I believe White is a skillful writer, but my belief that his talent had sufficiently matured wavered throughout this brief volume The rating I give this book is merely an average, as there are some stellar pieces within, and some that made my eyes roll skyward I look forward to reading some of his other works to see if he tosses off some of the weaknesses that irked me here Despite the unevenness, there are some really beautiful stories here and this book is well worth a read by fans of Appalachia, Americana, and short fiction unafraid of flirting with the line between artful and overwritten


  9. Steven Steven says:

    Winter by Heart is a story I won t soon forget, especially the ending Wow That story is worth the price of the book right there Plenty of other good stories in this collection and with its sense of place and elemental descriptions of the natural world it reminds me a lot of Chris Offutt s Kentucky Straight What I enjoy most about White s writing, and this is just a writerly thing, but something that makes his work sing on a level most readers might not notice, is his powerful use of nouns Winter by Heart is a story I won t soon forget, especially the ending Wow That story is worth the price of the book right there Plenty of other good stories in this collection and with its sense of place and elemental descriptions of the natural world it reminds me a lot of Chris Offutt s Kentucky Straight What I enjoy most about White s writing, and this is just a writerly thing, but something that makes his work sing on a level most readers might not notice, is his powerful use of nouns and verbs to describe That attention paid to language is as impressive as it is pleasurable


  10. Brenda Jernigan Brenda Jernigan says:

    White s prose style and stories are so evocative of mountains and the people who inhabit them I thoroughly enjoyed this book.


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10 thoughts on “Sinners of Sanction County

  1. Melanie Melanie says:

    This compelling short story collection begins with an unforgettable commitment to silence that echoes through the reading, finishing with the arresting Jack s Gun and a ghost hope for peace This fits right into the pocket of southern lit that I love so much, men wrestling with their blood and history, kicked up or pinned under the boot of the landscape The prose itself is poetic whilst remaining incredibly readable and there are passages with that mysterious cadence of mythology, particular This compelling short story collection begins with an unforgettable commitment to silence that echoes through the reading, finishing with the arresting Jack s Gun and a ghost hope for peace This fits right into the pocket of southern lit that I love so much, men wrestling with their blood and history, kicked up or pinned under the boot of the landscape The prose itself is poetic whilst remaining incredibly readable and there are passages with that mysterious cadence of mythology, particularly in the ever so large Age of Stone.I ve been privileged to read some exemplary short story collections over the last year this one is right up there sharing the top shelf with favourites.Highly recommend

  2. Kirk Smith Kirk Smith says:

    I felt really smug reading such a pleasurable and beautifully written book, knowing in advance from reviews that I could expect it to be good Charles Dodd White deserves all the praise that I can heap upon him Other readers have done a far better job with their detailed reviews than I shall I was very pleased that there was not a weak selection in this collection of short stories about contemporary Appalachia The writing is fearless, hard edged, and very satisfying In spite of the sparse s I felt really smug reading such a pleasurable and beautifully written book, knowing in advance from reviews that I could expect it to be good Charles Dodd White deserves all the praise that I can heap upon him Other readers have done a far better job with their detailed reviews than I shall I was very pleased that there was not a weak selection in this collection of short stories about contemporary Appalachia The writing is fearless, hard edged, and very satisfying In spite of the sparse style it borders on poetic Off the subject, but without Goodreads and the good people that share their thoughts, would I have ever found Charles Dodd White I missed the early years of Goodreads, but now I wonder how I got by before I am so living in the moment, and finding such joy in discovering books like this nearly every day Out of all the developments that computers and the internet have brought, I think Goodreads and that connection to other readers is the very best

  3. Jamie Jamie says:

    This is one of my favorite books of short stories this year I don t even have to look to see what short stories I m comparing it to It doesn t matter This is up there.Maybe it s my own fault, my own lack of exposure, maybe they re out there and I haven t found them yet, but I can find plenty of stories set in Tennessee, in Kentucky, in Georgia, in Alabama I ve got books titled Arkansas I ve got short stories named Mississippi But the ones in my own specific place, in western Carolina, This is one of my favorite books of short stories this year I don t even have to look to see what short stories I m comparing it to It doesn t matter This is up there.Maybe it s my own fault, my own lack of exposure, maybe they re out there and I haven t found them yet, but I can find plenty of stories set in Tennessee, in Kentucky, in Georgia, in Alabama I ve got books titled Arkansas I ve got short stories named Mississippi But the ones in my own specific place, in western Carolina, are few and far between I almost don t mind it They re all theprecious that way.This one, I can see reading again and again Each story is short, it ends with a punch, and I love getting punched by stories I love it when I want to sit there and absorb the blow for a minute, but also scramble right up into the next one

  4. Josh Josh says:

    The crowd quiets as I nervously await my destined moment of admission The haphazardly formed circle of red acrylic seats bolted atop the cafeteria s chrome tubed chairs starts to settle I look for familiar faces but don t find any there may be distant acquaintances there, but my nervousness blocks any recollection Most faces summons very low anxiety, but I have no doubt that my jitters present rather clearly on display for all to see I stand, less woozy and dazed than I had anticipated Th The crowd quiets as I nervously await my destined moment of admission The haphazardly formed circle of red acrylic seats bolted atop the cafeteria s chrome tubed chairs starts to settle I look for familiar faces but don t find any there may be distant acquaintances there, but my nervousness blocks any recollection Most faces summons very low anxiety, but I have no doubt that my jitters present rather clearly on display for all to see I stand, less woozy and dazed than I had anticipated The time has come to admit my habit, and with much less effort than was feared I take the first step to ownership of my weakness, Hello, my name is Josh and I m a short story junkie If that s at all your issue, this book will feed your habit It comes as close as any I ve read recently to recapturing the experiences of my first few gritty collections William Gay and Rick Bass specifically Unlike other offerings, this isn t 5 mediocre stories sandwiched between greatness in the first few and the last one They re every one strong Full of place, emotion, conflict, and guts My favorite might well be the last one Jack s Gun only because so much was in play, followed by a close second in A World of Delightin the flavor of those gritty, whiskey fueled, dysfunctional twisted shorts written in my traditional sweet spot Winter by Heart had the mysterious intrique that still allowed for a mind blowing WHOA moment in its finish, and The Sweet Sorrowful converted humor to passion and care If Woodrell, Rash, Pollock, Heathcock, or either of the previously mentioned authors turn your crank then get this one to the top of your stack promptly

  5. Charles White Charles White says:

    I wrote it, so I like it.

  6. Ned Ned says:

    Very impressed with this new writer evocative of Larry Brown and, perhaps even, Raymond Carver in describing lonely men with strained or peculiar relationships with women and histories of regret Buddies, drinking, dogs, trucks and guns are all traditional fare in the great Smokey mountains These are short stories with well crafted starting paragraphs and often shattering conclusions White turns a fine phrase, and switches idioms well amongst the protagonists, demonstrating a range of person Very impressed with this new writer evocative of Larry Brown and, perhaps even, Raymond Carver in describing lonely men with strained or peculiar relationships with women and histories of regret Buddies, drinking, dogs, trucks and guns are all traditional fare in the great Smokey mountains These are short stories with well crafted starting paragraphs and often shattering conclusions White turns a fine phrase, and switches idioms well amongst the protagonists, demonstrating a range of personal experiences old, young, smart, dull, angry White s characters are colorful, for example this one s deaf wife woke him from a faint doze, working her hands in the air above his head, stitching words Wednesday evening The choir would be singing and she was intent that he drive her down to the church Despite her deafness, she was always fierce about a choir Hawkins knew there was no space for disagreement once her mind was set, so he go his hat from its nail Together they went to the truck p 13.White s men spend a lot of time outdoors and his description of the elements and the land and the passing of the sun and moon are well done The women too, unpredictable as the weather, come and go For example, the lovely stepmother emerges from the house to help skin the recently slain bear cub When Alice came, she had the knives wrapped in a white hand towel She set them aside then doubled the towel, drew her dress to her thighs and knelt on it When Luke did not reach for the smaller knife, she took it up and slit the cub s crotch, detaching the wormy penis and slicing up until the pale belly was bared Then, she repeated the meridian of the cut, this time slipping the blade into the muscle and fat until the innards began to swell up through the smiling incision p 123.The only criticism I have is the quality of publishing typos aplenty, unprofessional author photo etc But this didn t distract me from the fine writing and great stories this young author produced

  7. Rusty Rusty says:

    So, I think I said before that I don t want to rate books that I ve read from people I know, or at least, from people I ve met But usually, when I ask an author they insist they d rather have an honest review than nothing at all but I strongly suspect that no author thinks I would dream of ever shitting all over their book And I ve thought about it some, and while I reserve the right to change my mind, or contradict myself, or forget any vows I ve taken in the past, or future, as of right now So, I think I said before that I don t want to rate books that I ve read from people I know, or at least, from people I ve met But usually, when I ask an author they insist they d rather have an honest review than nothing at all but I strongly suspect that no author thinks I would dream of ever shitting all over their book And I ve thought about it some, and while I reserve the right to change my mind, or contradict myself, or forget any vows I ve taken in the past, or future, as of right now I ve decided an average review is better than no review And also, I m not going to be shitting all over this book, and another also, this was pretty good I only have problems with this deal of mine when it s a book I m not that thrilled with Then I have to weigh how much I like the author over how much I need to be honest about a review.Then I remember that I m the only one reading these stupid reviews, aside from the occasional lurking internet person who stumbles upon these, usually way in the future hello, future person and maybe the author his or herself In which case, er, sorry, I hope we can still be friends Or, if not friends, I hope you don t actively work to sabotage me in any future endeavors to be a successful author myself Honestly, maybe I shouldn t be reviewing anyone s works No, I should, the real question is whether or not I should make these public I d have to weigh my subtle narcissistic dream of some random person seeing this review and being like, Damn, Mr Rusty, you re review of this relatively obscure book is so amazing, I want to purchase any half baked novel or novel idea you have for a zillion dollars and make movies and video games and comic books out of it, and you ll be rich and famous and popular forever and ever and it s all because of your amazing review you did Who am I kidding That s not a dream that s practically guaranteed to happen I just need to keep plugging away at these reviews until the day my ship comes in Where was I Oh yeah, something about having met this author The good Prof White stopped by my writer s group a few weeks ago to share his thoughts about writing in general, and writing stories and novels specifically My thoughts on him He was pretty great He was self effacing but still confident, he spoke like someone who knew what he was talking about and altogether seemed to have his shit together The book of his I just finished is a short story collection, each taking place I think in Sanction County Maybe it s in North Carolina, I m not sure it s stated outright, actually, I wonder if it s a real place Hang on When I search on Google it just brings up this book, so I guess it s a fictional place That s good to know, it makes the stories seemmeta, you know They re all connected, as best I can tell, only by this location And again, there may be a story or two that takes place elsewhere, I just didn t pay that much attention to the locations in the stories until just now, after it s all over and I ve put the book away Regardless, with that out of the way, what did I think about the actual content of this collection I m glad you asked, future movie producer, this is pretty great I tip my hat to the author because he clearly knows what he s doing here As a reader of things, I ve noted my tastes have been changing over the past few years, and theplot heavy books are starting to feelpaint by numbery to me nowadays I m starting to prefer, I think, slightlyliterary tales That isn t to say that something with a million dollar concept isn t awesome to me, but I ve just noticed that I m becominginterested in the characters of the stories I m enjoying than in the big explosions and endless pages of kung fu fights Maybe I m growing Probably not Uh, so this is, for me, something that is skirting the line of my tastes between being expertly written and overwritten It s a fine line, and one I m no expert in But much like porn, I get this little feeling in my gut when I come across something that I think crosses that line The very first story in this collection I forgot the title, again, I put the book away and don t feel like going and looking it up I thought wasin the overwritten camp, while the very last story of the anthology was in the expertly written realm For the most part, the stories are fascinating and extremely well written I d complain that most of them ended in ways I didn t quite feel worked, at least not for me I just said, sorta I did, you just have to read between the lines , that I don t need all the plot threads wrapped up perfectly in my tales, but in the case here, I think I could have used a littlein that area I don t know If you think I m being dumb about all this then please, stop reading, because I have a lotdumb I can spew here While I want theliterary and character richness I see here in spades, I also want aplot centric story too I want it all Not just two of the three That isn t to say that there aren t some really powerful stories here, the one with the guy who s out to kill his brother s wife, the aforementioned final story on the collection, were both masterpieces in my mind I wouldn t change a thing But some of the other tales, yeah, they could have used a bitMaybe In all, I m a fan of this author, and wish him well, I m anxious to read his novel, if he can give as much characterization and fantastic prose as he did here, and combine it with a novel worthy plot, then we might have something very special for me to read in the near future

  8. B. Rule B. Rule says:

    Parts of this short story collection are dense confections, loaded with complex, often gruffly beautiful prose, unsparing portraits of mountain life, and short, intense stories that develop maximum punch from brief vignettes However, other parts read like the early drafts of MFA work, and contain some real groaners of plot, character, and diction I believe White is a skillful writer, but my belief that his talent had sufficiently matured wavered throughout this brief volume The rating I give Parts of this short story collection are dense confections, loaded with complex, often gruffly beautiful prose, unsparing portraits of mountain life, and short, intense stories that develop maximum punch from brief vignettes However, other parts read like the early drafts of MFA work, and contain some real groaners of plot, character, and diction I believe White is a skillful writer, but my belief that his talent had sufficiently matured wavered throughout this brief volume The rating I give this book is merely an average, as there are some stellar pieces within, and some that made my eyes roll skyward I look forward to reading some of his other works to see if he tosses off some of the weaknesses that irked me here Despite the unevenness, there are some really beautiful stories here and this book is well worth a read by fans of Appalachia, Americana, and short fiction unafraid of flirting with the line between artful and overwritten

  9. Steven Steven says:

    Winter by Heart is a story I won t soon forget, especially the ending Wow That story is worth the price of the book right there Plenty of other good stories in this collection and with its sense of place and elemental descriptions of the natural world it reminds me a lot of Chris Offutt s Kentucky Straight What I enjoy most about White s writing, and this is just a writerly thing, but something that makes his work sing on a level most readers might not notice, is his powerful use of nouns Winter by Heart is a story I won t soon forget, especially the ending Wow That story is worth the price of the book right there Plenty of other good stories in this collection and with its sense of place and elemental descriptions of the natural world it reminds me a lot of Chris Offutt s Kentucky Straight What I enjoy most about White s writing, and this is just a writerly thing, but something that makes his work sing on a level most readers might not notice, is his powerful use of nouns and verbs to describe That attention paid to language is as impressive as it is pleasurable

  10. Brenda Jernigan Brenda Jernigan says:

    White s prose style and stories are so evocative of mountains and the people who inhabit them I thoroughly enjoyed this book.

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