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In the Season of Blood and Gold

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  93 ratings  ·  20 reviews
Winner of the Montana Prize in Fiction, Taylor Brown offers up a stunning debut collection of stories. Charles Dodd White, author of A Shelter of Others, says, "With ferocious economy and a great big heart, Taylor Brown writes one of the best debuts I've ever picked up. These are stories, verses, meditations, and accusations-everything, in short, you could hope to get from ...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published May 3rd 2014 by Press 53 (first published April 22nd 2014)
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Dec 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Taylor Brown’s debut collection of short stories, “In the Season of Blood & Gold,” is astonishing. I had to keep reminding myself to breath. There isn’t a story in this collection that is less than “breath-taking”, but "The Sin-Eaters," was one of my favorites, as was “Covered Bridge” (my second read of “Covered Bridge” as it is also one of the stories in “Appalachia Now”),“Rider” “Kingdom Come,””The Tatooist’s Daughter” etc., the truth is that this collection is just too good to pick just one o ...more
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It's always a great feeling when you feel like you've discovered a new author that's on the cusp of blowing up. When you feel that great privilege of knowing that not only is there still a whole career's worth of material to look forward to, but also once he/she gets hugely successful, you can say, "I was a fan from the beginning." In The Season of Blood and Gold (released last year in 2014) is Taylor Brown's debut, a collection of hard-hitting short stories, some of which have alread
Aug 05, 2022 rated it liked it
There were elements of all these stories I enjoyed but I found the relentless straining for profundity somewhat hit and miss. That said it's his first book and there's enough here to make me interested in reading one of his later books. ...more
Cathrine ☯️
Sep 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The man sure can write. If you're a fan of his novels, this debut collection of short stories will most certainly wow you.
Steph Post
Apr 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Without a doubt, Taylor Brown in my new favorite short story writer. "In the Season of Blood and Gold," Brown's 2014 compilation of short fiction is breathtaking. And by breathtaking I don't mean just beautiful, I mean breathtaking in that it feels at times like the story has reached out, grabbed you by the throat and begun to squeeze. I love this collection of stories not only because it is the absolute epitome of "country noir," but because Brown knows how to manipulate words into striking ima ...more
Jun 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
As I read these first published short stories of Taylor Brown, I kept thinking back to my Creative Writing class and remembering those few students that could light the whole classroom ablaze with their writing. And the teacher who had her obvious favorite students. If this wasn’t an all women’s college, Taylor Brown would have been that student. The deserved favorite. The most popular vote and the teacher’s pet too. Some writers have the touch of gold. This is Taylor Brown.
May 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: short-stories
Some of these stories rang a bit hollow to me, especially at the end, where the words were double-bass drums banging a strained-beat of meaning. Forget that, however, because the prose in these stories is denser than multi-seed whole-grain bread and reminded me most, particularly with its word-debt to compound nouns, of Seamus Heaney's poems. Relished the word-art and the writerly love that produced them more than the stories. ...more
Sam Slaughter
Oct 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A stunning debut collection. There is really nothing else to say beyond you need to read this book. Each story is a master class in the craft of fiction writing.
Sep 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Taylor Brown writes in an illustrative prose style, simultaneously alluring and forbidding, alternating long descriptive sentences with short sharp grammatically incomplete but highly effective stubs which skirt nearer to objectivist poetry. It's different, it works. The author has constructed a "real" realistic world: While he pulls no punches, excruciating scenes of indifferent cruelty are balanced by scenes of tender beauty and kindness. The themes of these stories are largely, though not exc ...more
May 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
Great debut collection...looking forward to what Brown does next.
May 28, 2022 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: short-stories
Taylor Brown is an astonishing writer. In these twelve perfectly crafted stories, he bounces from the Civil War era to contemporary times (and times in between) in ways that are both heartbreaking and timeless. Take his story Covered Bridge as just one example—where a family's land has been lost to developers and a young man, already devastated by the loss of his mother, wants to fight back:

He looked up the darkening slope of the hillside, past the gold-spired fencing and the earth-moving equipm
Michael Patton
Nov 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This man has some serious talent.
Feb 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
This author is new to me. I am enjoying the book so far. He reminds me somewhat of Ron Rash. Finished...I really enjoyed it.
Dark, gritty and powerful.
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Apr 24, 2022 rated it did not like it
These are stories of blood and vengeance, murder and mayhem. So much darkness, without the balance of hope and humanity. Maybe it’s other influences in my current reading life or simply a matter of personal taste, but I’m reading for beauty and wonder (even just tiny glimpses!), and I didn’t find it here.

Also, lines like this: “As he slept, disinterred brethren bivouacked in his cranium, beguiling him.” That is just too much.
Jan 10, 2019 rated it it was ok
I'm sorry to say I struggled through this one. I've loved the two novels I've read by him, but I found these stories hard to engage in. ...more
Feb 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
4 or 5 strong stories. Pretty and rough writing. Gorgeous cover.
Jul 10, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful, vivid descriptions. I wonder about the inspiration for these disparate stories. I will read more by this author.
Heather Warner
Astonishing, evocative, atmospheric, lyrical, emotional-Taylor Brown is an author to watch. This book is enthralling & compelling. Every story is special and beautifully written. I loved every story in this collection and I will be looking for every book that Taylor Brown has written. Top book and I hope that everyone gets a copy of their own!
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Taylor Brown is the award-winning author of the novels Fallen Land (2016), The River of Kings (2017), Gods of Howl Mountain (2018), and Pride of Eden (2020), as well as a short story collection, In the Season of Blood and Gold (2014). He's a recipient of the Montana Prize in Fiction and his first three novels were all finalists for the Southern Book Prize. He lives in Savannah, Georgia, where he i ...more

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