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The Wrecking Yard and Other Stories

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A collection of short stories which illuminate, with imagery and humour, the darkest corners of the American soul. The author attempts to capture the personalities of rural America, shaped by poverty, cruelty and an odd compassion.
Paperback, 208 pages
Published June 13th 1994 by Minerva (first published 1991)
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Melki
Apr 06, 2014 Melki rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've been striking gold in my choices of short story collections this year, and this one is no exception.

Benedict's tales of guys gone wild are well written morsels that shock and entertain.

One fellow rescues an elderly man from an old folk's home, another man's obsession with a caged baboon leads to trouble, some carny folk help deliver a ne'er-do-well's just deserts and two good ole boys find themselves ejected from a bowling alley by a league of female bowlers:

"It'll teach them to strip us
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Jillian
Years and years ago, a writing instructor at my university recommended three authors to me: Arundhati Roy, Per Petterson, and Pinckney Benedict. Roy’s novel The God of Small Things turned out to be one of my favorite books I have ever read. And Pinckney Benedict’s collection of shorts The Wrecking Yard has been sitting on my shelf for years now, based on this instructor’s recommendation, but never seemed to feel the pull to read it. I just finished it this morning and was fairly disappointed. Be ...more
Paul Luikart
May 12, 2014 Paul Luikart rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Full disclosure, Pinckney Benedict was a visiting lecturer in my final grad school residency and I loved him. Interestingly, and not so much relevant...the guy loves guns. Atypical of an artist. Huh. But, he gave me some great pointers on how to write the realistic use of guns in fiction. Quite helpful, because a lot of my characters are pretty violent folks. I digress.

Wrecking Yard, at this point, is way back in Benedict's career. He's a pretty prolific guy. This short story collection came ou
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Pinckney Benedict (b. 1964) is an American short-story writer and novelist whose work often reflects his Appalachian background.

Benedict grew up on his family’s dairy farm in Greenbrier County, West Virginia. He graduated from Princeton University, where he studied primarily with Joyce Carol Oates, in 1986, and from the Writers’ Workshop at the University of Iowa in 1988.

He has published three col
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