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THE WAY THINGS ALWAYS HAPPEN HERE by Kevin C. Stewart
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Oct 06, 12

Read in April, 2012

This is a strong collection of stories told in lean, muscular prose. That's pretty bad blurb-speak, but I really can't find a better way to describe Kevin Stewart's writing. It's spare without being too sparse, and moving without being self-consciously lyrical. That prose style fits the subject matter of these stories, most of which examine characters struggling to free themselves from being trapped in various ways, very well.

All of the stories here are solid, and the best of them--the title story, "June Hay"--are some of the most memorable I've read recently. Then there's "Red Dog" set amid the corruption surrounding JFK's campaign visits to West Virgina, featuring the best white-knuckle car chase I've ever read.
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