Florida

Florida

Book review Florida Lauren Groff Riverhead Books 2018, 288 pp., $27 Lauren Groff’s outstanding new collection of stories, Florida, is so much more than “just” a story collection, and so much more than “just” about Florida.  Rather, in ten dazzling stories and a...
Let’s All Die Happy

Let’s All Die Happy

Book review Let’s All Die Happy Erin Adair-Hodges University of Pittsburgh Press 2017, 112 pp., $15.95 The poems in Let’s All Die Happy by Erin Adair-Hodges are consistently and consciously aware of breath, and their process of breathing is often labored and the poems...
Sweetness and Savagery in the South

Sweetness and Savagery in the South

Book review Mourning Dove Firefly Southern Fiction (233 pp.) Forthcoming June 29, 2018, 233 pp., $9.95 Parallel universes exist all around us. One person chucks trash for another to call a treasure. Claire Fullerton’s novel Mourning Dove explores this concept with...
The Last Ballad

The Last Ballad

Book review The Last Ballad Wiley Cash William Morrow 2017, 384 pp., $16.60 Wiley’s Cash’s third novel, The Last Ballad, confirms him as a major voice in contemporary American fiction, and especially among those writers with their eyes on the plight of America’s...