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4.16  ·  Rating Details  ·  288 Ratings  ·  62 Reviews
Lindsay Hunter tells the stories no one else will in ways no one else can. In this down and dirty debut she draws vivid portraits of bad people in worse places. A woman struggles to survive her boyfriend's terror preparations. A wife finds that the key to her sex life lies in her dog’s electric collar. Two teenagers violently tip the scales of their friendship. A rising st ...more
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Published September 1st 2010 by Featherproof Books (first published 2010)
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In my world, reading and meals often go together. I’ll read a bit in the morning while I eat a bowl of raisin bran, read a bit more at my desk between bites of my sandwich. In the evenings, I often find myself trying to finish a chapter as I prepare dinner. Then there are the times when I don’t feel much like reading, and instead I will take a walk to a restaurant by myself, forgo the book and just eavesdrop on the conversations around me. More often than not, I’m surrounded by university studen ...more
Arthur Graham
Mar 26, 2013 Arthur Graham rated it really liked it
There’s something about the heat, the pink evening sky, the palm trees undulating in the Wal-Mart parking lot… it’s magic.

— Author Lindsay Hunter on her home state of Florida

I received this book as a gift from a dear friend of mine about two months back, and I've only just now gotten around to reading/reviewing it. Daddy's, a flash collection billed as "a Southern Gothic-infused bait box of temptation," was personally recommended to me on the grounds that it's "a naughty, dirty, wacky awesome bo
Apr 02, 2011 Jasmine rated it it was amazing
Shelves: american
There is another review I wrote a while ago that talks about how fiction is kind of a response to a feeling that hume metaphorizes as when we live we can only live a sketch, there isn't time for drafting or going back to fill in the missing pieces. And basically in that review I concluded fiction was a way of trying to draft things to go and color in an experience we'd never had and never will have, basically to live a different life. I don't suddenly disagree with that, but reading this book I ...more
We wouldn't mention how glamorous it felt to say we were bored, and how in the dark we got chill bumps up and down our arms at the idea that this was life, and life smelled like peach carpet spray and cinnamon chewing gum and cheap-flavored wine, all backwashed up.

The stories in Daddy's are like diamonds (tiny, rock-hard, but dazzling) or sparklers (bright, brief, dangerous if you get too close). They could be summed up by picking any line out at random, but the above - the concluding sentence
All of the five star reviews for this are warranted. Hunter is fearless when it comes to content AND the style that she dresses it in. There are moments in this beautifully designed book that threaten to go over the top (and sure, it probably does!)--but sometimes great books do that. The envelope is not just pushed, but it's pulled as well. Torn apart with wild spasms. Hunter should be read widely and she should be watched closely. I will bet that she fucks shit up for a long time. At least I h ...more
Ethel Rohan
Jan 04, 2011 Ethel Rohan rated it it was amazing
I'd like to lock myself in a room with Goodreads for a week. I've read so many great books in the past year and I want to write about them, to spread the good word. So many books, so little time, and I've let that hugeness and those annoying Goodreads's star ratings overwhelm me.

Star ratings are hard. I prefer to discuss a book rather than rate it, but everyone else has to work with those screaming red blots, so I'll have to suck it up and play along. I'm going to take it book by book and I'm go
Richard Thomas
Nov 16, 2010 Richard Thomas rated it it was amazing
The following review was originally published at The Nervous Breakdown.

Chuck Palahniuk said something about writing that echoed in my head while reading the debut collection of dysfunctional short stories in Daddy’s (Featherproof) by Lindsay Hunter. I paraphrase, but it goes something like this: “Teach me something, make me laugh, and break my heart.” And that’s what Lindsay Hunter does in this gut-wrenching collection of short fiction, with a sprinkling o
Feb 16, 2011 jess rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, 2011
This is a collection of 24 short stories around issues of family, sexuality and violence. The stories are sort of sad and dirty, and it made me feel like I was carrying around the secrets that Ms. Hunter unloaded on me. I can't decided if it is better to devour this all at once and totally immerse yourself in her world, or if it would be better to draw it out and read one story a day like a IV drip. The stories are fearless and don't hold any punches. There is a careless, wild, careening madness ...more
David Abrams
Mar 09, 2011 David Abrams rated it really liked it
In the early pages of Daddy’s, Lindsay Hunter’s brain-blistering collection of short stories, a restless wife who endures frequent sessions of rough sex with her husband finds pleasure in their invisible electric fence. She puts their dog Marky in front of the TV to watch Animal Planet, then goes out to the edge of the yard:
I wind the vinyl part of Marky’s collar around my hand, holding the plastic receiver in my palm, and then I press the cold metal stimulator against my underwear, step forward
Oct 04, 2015 Ben rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
24 brief, cryptic, shardlike stories. Reading them is a discomforting but addictive experience. Recurring motifs include bodily functions, weird sex, gross food, dysfunctional families/relationships, and the terror of childhood. All rendered in some of the most inventive, startling, genuinely 'new' prose I've read in a while. Straight to the head: a different kind of mindfuck.
Mark Staniforth
Dec 22, 2010 Mark Staniforth rated it really liked it
I may have picked out my five books of the year a little early. Daddy's is a collection of 23 jagged little micro-fictions set in the rural south. They're dark as hell, even within the context of the genre. Hunter's spare, sharp prose doesn't so much grab you as hold you down and give you a kicking. It's tough stuff about folk so far down on their luck they've long since lost hope of ever hauling it back. Packaged up like a bait box, it tempts you in deeper even though you know you don't really ...more
Aug 11, 2011 David rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Plan to be at least a bit unsettled when reading these stories, if not downright disturbed. If you aren't, then you should really worry. These stories are gritty, visceral, imaginative, and sometimes creepy. Now, don't get me wrong, I mean all that in the best possible way. These are dynamite stories, dynamite in tiny packages, but they aren't exactly "feel-good" kind of stories. You will feel things, but not necessarily comfortable things. Definitely not something you should miss.
Aug 13, 2011 Matt rated it really liked it
Squirmy, sad, dirty minutiae-encrusted tales filled with private moments and relationship games and all the blood and ooze and exhaustion residing in the corners. The shock of reality, brief blips of relief, perhaps grace. 24 snapshots of characters who don't want you to know them, revealed in words printed sideways, literally, on this pocket-sized book of sharp prose by a fearless writer who should continue writing and continue being fearless.
Sep 18, 2015 Steven rated it it was amazing
Shelves: short-stories
My favorite story in this voice-drenched collection of heartbreaking stories is "Love Song," which begins: "It was my birthday and Daddy picked me up and he was drunk . . . " The story passes though a few scenes of humiliation and then at "Gator's, Daddy's favorite establishment" our unnamed narrator gets her birthday lunch and her present, a ziplock bag with enough quarters for two games of eight-ball with Daddy. And then we have this:

A lady walked by and Daddy's eyes lit up and he lurched off
Feb 24, 2011 Kate rated it it was amazing
Shelves: short-stories
This week I felt really under the weather. It all started Monday morning when I woke up with a sore throat. Yesterday was the worst because I couldn't breathe at all and had that medicine head feeling all day long. So, my attention span just wasn't there for a long novel, but I was totally in the mood for some awesome short story action and this book didn't disappoint at all. I read it in between work, eating soup, and sleeping.

This is a great read for those times when you feel down in the dumps
Jesus Garcia
Oct 25, 2010 Jesus Garcia rated it it was amazing
AMELIA GRAY & LINDSAY HUNTER ON THE BIG UGLY (first published 10/25/10 on Vol. 1 Brooklyn)

Say we’re trapped in a heart-shaped box where meanness, ignorance, dementia and brutality make up the walls around us. There’s no way out, no chance for escape. Even if we manage somehow to move through the world, this box defines our every thought and action, the smear from its walls an indelible imprint, soaked into the marrow of our bones. We pass it on to our children, our partners, everyone we meet
Jan 06, 2012 c.vance rated it liked it
thought girls were to grow out of this phase of angst in their mid/late teens... when they run away from home, drink to justify opening legs to older men then sit in coffeeshops and write in journals about it all. so much of these stories seem from that stereotype of an era, albethem tolerably better written in verbiage if not construct.

and it reinforces the fact that genders should rarely write from the POV of another's... here, they come across as base and insipid. however, and this is why it
Aug 24, 2011 Alan rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Alan by: Kevin
You know when you’re reading something and you think this is it! this is exactly what you should be reading now? When the stories hit you everywhere – in your guts and in your mind and in your senses – leaving you a bit breathless, a bit bedraggled and a lot dazzled and moved somewhere to the left of yourself? It doesn’t happen often (although it’s not that rare either – I had the same feelings for Alan Heathcock’s Volt, earlier this year) but Daddy’s packs this kind of punch, and more. I’d just ...more
Dec 31, 2014 Rachael rated it it was amazing
gritty and raw. loved it. as if bukowski and wallace and palahniuk had a moonshine-fueled orgy with some backwoods toothless crackwhore and her daughter grew up and decided she wanted to become a writer. if so, this would be what that collection of short stories would feel like, and i loved it. to me it was reminiscent of the better stories in Warmed and Bound: A Velvet Anthology, which i also really enjoyed (though not as much, as i felt some of those stories shouldn't have made the cut or need ...more
Feb 14, 2010 featherproof rated it it was amazing
Shelves: we-published-it
Lindsay Hunter tells the stories no one else will in ways no one else can. In her down and dirty debut, she draws vivid portraits of bad people in worse places. A woman struggles to survive her boyfriend's terror preparations. A wife finds the key to her sex life lies in her dog’s electric collar. Two teenagers violently tip the scales of their friendship. A rising star of the new fast fiction, Hunter bares all before you can blink in her bold, beautiful stories. In this collection of slim south ...more
Nov 09, 2010 Adam rated it it was amazing
Oh gawddamn. You should buy this. Here's proof:

here here here here here here

Read those, then buy it here. seriously.
Aug 10, 2011 J.A. rated it it was amazing
This is one of those books that sat on my shelf for a long while and then, when I finally started reading it, I kicked myself for waiting so long. What sexual prowess, what daring vignettes, what language wrapped in fist-blows. This is a righteous wonderful poison-tipped book.
Apr 07, 2016 Zachary rated it it was amazing
This book got my black heart jealous.

This book got my black lungs pregnant.
Mar 07, 2014 Jenny rated it it was amazing
This blew me away. Just knocked my socks right off. Mmmm.
Dec 25, 2013 Jason rated it it was amazing
Somewhere in the reading of the first few stories of this collection the top of my head blew off. I lightly dusted off what was left of my mind, picked the book back up, and voluntarily ran full throttle into an esophageal clothesline. I laid on the ground and greedily accepted flying elbows and thrown appliances. I smiled bloodily at two inch punches and soft words spoken hard.

Two thirds of the way through I couldn't stop audibly saying: "Goddamn!" after every drop kick, every crotch fondle, e
Lane Williams
Sep 04, 2010 Lane Williams rated it really liked it
In this book, Lindsay Hunter brings you along for a ride through a world where the everyday is coated in a thin film of grime and sass. The characters and situations that emerge in this book will call to mind for a casual reader the act of submission to the eerily beautiful and sublimely disgusting. Certain images stick to you as you pass under the veils of each story, a humanity car wash complete with hot wax... a boyfriend trying to top himself with shocks for his lady friend - taking it to th ...more
Aug 06, 2011 Mike rated it really liked it
Throughout Daddy's, Lindsay Hunter invites readers into places they're unsure they want to visit: worlds with monstrously precocious babies, the minds of adolescent perverts, the sexual adventures of couples role-playing as God and the Devil. The brilliance in Hunter's writing in this debut collection of short fiction is not that she dares to venture into these places, rather, it is in her ability to reveal beauty in such places to those with the courage to follow. And those who do follow are re ...more
Denae Dietlein
Jul 02, 2012 Denae Dietlein rated it really liked it
These stories are gruesome, gritty, and genius. I've seen an unfortunate trend in contemporary short stories where the author tries too hard to make their tale "edgy" and "raw," and instead end up with something incoherent and even disgusting. Lindsay, on the other hand, is a brilliant story-teller who happens (at least in this collection) to often tell gross stories. Sometimes only a couple pages long, the stories in Daddy's are all enthralling and each exhibits a mastery of language such that ...more
Jul 09, 2014 andrew rated it liked it
I can see where Lindsay has refined her work to produce Don't Kiss Me, which remains my favorite book in recent memory This is not as good and, again, it makes it clear how much she has grown as an author. This is NOT saying you should not read it, but at the same time you can't go back in time and expect the same quality. Can't wait for her novel debut.
Scott Daughtridge
Nov 06, 2015 Scott Daughtridge rated it it was amazing
Every story had my jaw dropping. The language and the characters are so unique and written with an urgency that is hard to find.
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Lindsay Hunter lives in Chicago. She is the author of Daddy's and DON'T KISS ME. Read her blog at
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