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From the Darkness Right Under Our Feet

4.35  ·  Rating Details ·  40 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
“Place is a character in Patrick Michael Finn’s fiction. It's almost as if the setting, like the working-class characters who people his stories, has an ethnicity. The characters try to go on with their lives while the place broods and mourns around them. And all the while the narratives driven by credible psychological pressure grow increasingly threatening until the eleg ...more
Paperback, 220 pages
Published July 26th 2011 by Black Lawrence Press (first published March 1st 2011)
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Adrian Young
Feb 20, 2013 Adrian Young rated it it was amazing
This is, bar none, of the best story collections I've read in the past 5 years. Atmosphere, compassion, extreme lyrical beauty along the lines of Barry Hannah and Dennis Johnson, and ample restraint where restraint need be shown. And not only do the stories lodge in your mind individually, but also as a kind of cumulus cloud cover that sheds, along its margins, just the faintest glow of ambient light. Patrick Michael Finn is the real thing, y'all. Misfortune belongs to anyone, anywhere, who hasn ...more
Mar 15, 2013 Casey rated it really liked it
Good story collection, but it is pretty brutal stuff. I don't think the city of Joliet is going to adopt this book for any kind of "community reads" program anytime soon. That said, Finn is a writer to watch for me. I recommend it, but my guess would be this collection isn't going to be for everybody.
Jul 28, 2011 Grady rated it it was amazing
'What do the simple folk do?' Patrick Michael Finn Tells Us

Now and then along comes a writer of short stories or novels that reacquaint us with the interstices of the middle of this country, pulling our attention away from the Coasts where the media force feed us the tales of rehab, violence, misbehavior and degrading lives of movie stars and performers and the absurd antics of the buffoons on the Hill and on Wall Street until breathing in is sour tainted. Patrick Michael Finn instead focuses on
Fred Pelzer
This is the first book in a while that I didn't finish. The unrelenting destruction of these characters' lives was too oppressive for me. I loved Knockemstiff, another short story collection set in the midwest where there's always another shoe waiting to drop. But after reading "Shitty Sheila," a few dozen pages of a woman self-destructing where I wasn't affected, wasn't moved, just was waiting for the suffering to be over - this felt like misery=artfulness, like the idea that literary fiction r ...more
Mar 29, 2014 Chris rated it it was amazing
This is a brutally honest (emphasis on brutal) collection of short stories about working class characters living on the margins of society in 1980s Joilet, Ill. The author portrays a world that most people ignore because it is too painful to think about, but it is the kind of nightmare life faced by many who are crushed by overwhelming challenges and human cruelty and is worthy of attention. For better or worse, some of these stories will be in my head for a long time.
Mar 28, 2015 Ramsey rated it liked it
Shelves: 21st-century-lit
A collection of eight gritty, often depressing stories set in Joliet, Illinois. Five of the stories have a child or adolescent narrator, which is not my favorite vantage point in fiction. But the stories are very well written, and I would definitely read more by Finn. He captures the essence of life grinding working class people down.
Apr 03, 2012 Lisa rated it it was amazing
Not for the faint of heart. Not for the easily offended nor even the sometimes-offended. This is rough stuff. But it is excellent writing. Great storytelling. These stories will stay in my memory for a very long time.
Sep 30, 2013 Kurt rated it it was ok
I found this to be very underwhelming. Everything here I feel I've read many times before, only better.
May 09, 2013 Peter rated it really liked it
Solid collection of Joliet stories about teenagers, and adults who never quite grew up. Repeatedly hits you in the gut, and often the heart.
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