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In stories that bring to mind Breece D'J Pancake and Harry Crews, but in a voice all their own, Michael Wayne Hampton's characters fight the hard fight—often facing a life and landscape as stubborn and unforgiving as a rusted engine bolt. Told in voices that are remarkable for their authenticity, Hampton's people are memorable, his prose is lapidary in its precision, and h ...more
Paperback, 207 pages
Published January 13th 2014 by Foxhead Books (first published January 1st 2014)
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Lori
Read 1/7/14 - 1/9/14
4 Stars - Strongly recommended to fans of shorties full of oddball, yet utterly familiar characters
212 Pages
Publisher: Fox Head Books
Releases: January 2014

Love is for suckers. Or at least it sometimes feels that way, don't it? We've all fallen for the new, naive love that births a billion butterflies in our chest. But what about when it becomes an angry and unreciprocated love, the kind that forces those fluttery little creatures down, one by one, into your stomach, where the
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Meagan
Apr 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book is a collection of short stories from various regions of the United States that deal with the many layers, conflicts, and beauty of love. The author, Michael Wayne Hampton does an excellent job with fiction, infusing just enough truth from his own experiences into the fictional characters he crafts so lovingly. I like that his goal was to write a short story and he kept it to that vein. The meaning conveyed throughout many of the stories will leave the reader questioning long after the ...more
Shaindel
Jan 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Michael Wayne Hampton knows how to write stories, and specifically, he knows how to write a first sentence that will draw a reader in. Some of the first sentences in this collection are:

"My first real love, Darlene, was bound to die in a car wreck." ("Rabbit Blood")

"Israel Spurlock came out of his mama filled with the devil." ("The Baddest Man in Three Counties")

These stories take you on a wild ride through tattoo shops, roadside carnivals, Salvation Army thrift stores--all the sad nowhere place
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Elaine Drennon
Jul 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I'm not always a fan of short stories, but this little collection is a gem. I love the author's voice,style, and the passion that flies off the page for each set of characters.
"Swimmers" is a story that I honestly believe has NEVER been told before, in any form. "A Long Line of Liars" should be read aloud by Garrison Keillor on a Saturday night; it would probably be his best tale of all time. "The Home for Wayward Celebrities" broke my heart and made me smile, but the one I can't get out of my
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Martin Appleby
May 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
This short story collection by Michael Wayne Hampton came highly recommended to me by poet C.M.Keehl. She said that anything by Hampton was incredible, but Romance for Delinquents she described as "wowza". Now I am no expert, but that sounds like pretty high praise to me. The title of the book sounded like it would be right up my alley and I knew that I had to track down a copy for myself.

Hampton's stories feature an array of different characters in wildly differing scenarios and stations in lif
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Got a question? 1 4 Jan 29, 2014 07:28AM  
Michael Wayne Hampton is the author of three books. His criticism, essays, fiction, and poetry have appeared in numerous publications such as Atticus Review, The Southeast Review, 3AM Magazine, and Fiction Southeast.

In 2013 he won The Deerbird Novella Prize, and in 2012 his work was nominated for Best American Short Stories. In the past he has been a Semi-finalist for the Iowa Short Fiction Prize,
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