Wanting Only to Be Heard
The stories in this memorable collection explore the rigors of life in northern Michigan, a harsh terrain where winters linger, marriages often fail, and the emotional climate can be as severe as the physical one. Jack Driscoll writes about ordinary working-class people struggling to get along as best they can. With remarkable control, he portrays the uncertainty and impul...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published April 1st 1995 by University of Massachusetts Press
(first published May 1992)
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Jack Driscoll is a talented writer who writes with an, at times, poetic flare that bumps his writing up into a category above popular reading. This collection of short stories puts the reader into the minds of young men/boys growing up in a depressed Michigan. The stories are not upbeat and drag the reader down into the depths of the reality of being poor.
Even if you aren't interested in Michigan, or hunting, or fathers and sons, you will be interested in this book. Driscoll writes with honesty and compassion for his very human characters, and with beauty on the level of story, paragraph and word.