Desert Gothic

Desert Gothic

eBook - 2007
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This powerful debut collection, set in the light-filled deserts of Nevada and Arizona, introduces a darkly inventive new voice. Like an early Richard Ford, Don Waters writes with skill, empathy, and an edgy wit of worlds not often celebrated in contemporary literature. In Desert Gothic, Waters unleashes a wild and gritty cast and points them down paths of reckoning, where the characters earn the grace of their hard-won wisdom.
 Set in bars, mortuaries, nursing homes, truck stops, and the “poverty motels that encircled downtown’s casino corridor,” Waters’s ten stories are full of misfit transients like Julian, a crematorium worker who decorates abandoned urns to create a “lush underground island,” and the instant Mormon missionary Eli, a hapless divorcé who “always likes people better when they’re a little broken.” Limo drivers, ultra-marathoners, vagabonds, and a distraught novelist-to-be populate the pages of these gritty stories.

This powerful debut collection, set in the light-filled deserts of Nevada and Arizona, introduces a darkly inventive new voice. Like an early Richard Ford, Don Waters writes with skill, empathy, and an edgy wit of worlds not often celebrated in contemporary literature.
 Set in bars, mortuaries, nursing homes, truck stops, and the “poverty motels that encircled downtown’s casino corridor,” Waters’s ten stories are full of misfit transients like Julian, a crematorium worker who decorates abandoned urns to create a “lush underground island,” and the instant Mormon missionary Eli, a hapless divorcé who “always likes people better when they’re a little broken.”


Baker & Taylor
Set against the backdrop of the desert landscapes of Nevada and Arizona, a powerful debut collection of ten short stories captures the gritty world of misfit characters living on the edge, following their destinies down the paths of reckoning, armed only with their hard-won wisdom. Original. Winner of the 2007 Iowa Short Fiction Award.

Blackwell North Amer
In Desert Gothic, Don Waters unleashes a wild and gritty cast and points them down paths of reckoning, where the characters earn the grace of their hard-won wisdom. This debut collection, set in the light-filled deserts of Nevada and Arizona, introduces a darkly inventive new voice.

Publisher: Iowa City : University of Iowa Press, Ă2007
ISBN: 9781587297755
1587297752
1587296241
9781587296246
Characteristics: data file,rda
1 online resource (152 pages)

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