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Along with completely original material, this new collection is a compilation of the best of Dennis Lehane's previously published short fiction, including "Until Gwen," which was adapted for the stage in 2005 and appears in this book as the play Coronado. By turns suspenseful, surreal, romantic, and tragically comic, these powerful tales journey headlong into the heart of our national myths—and reveal that the truth awaiting us there is not what we would expect.
“A knockout performance…This one is a classic.”
-Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“There’s not a wasted word in these dark, spare tales about disenfranchised males of the South”
-Library Journal (starred review)
“[Dennis Lehane is} an author whose stories make us dig down unto our own hopes and fears.”
“a brilliant, insightful and intriguing literary voyage”
“the kind of lyrical writing that is to literature what John Prine and Tom Waits are to music.”
-San Jose Mercury News
“the stuff of a reliable pro”
“Lehane has a startling capacity for assessing broken people ”
“Five richly vernacular stories and one play…Powerfully envisioned lives, recounted unflinchingly.”