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Beauty and terror collide in Doug Lawson's Bigfoots in Paradise , a wild new collection of stories set largely in and around Santa Cruz, California and the surrounding mountains. It's a land tucked between Silicon Valley and the Pacific Ocean, one that's populated by aging hippies and venture capitalist sharks, pot farmers and surfers, child prodigies and roaming herds of wild bo ...more
Paperback, 214 pages
Published November 15th 2018 by Red Hen Press
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Billy
Aug 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
With this compelling collection of short stories, Doug Lawson captures the uncertainty and tension that comes with living in the Santa Cruz Mountains: an area known for its earthquakes, wildfires, and urban legends. These stories are populated with a host of relatable weirdos and outcasts that feel so true-to-life, I swear I've seen some of them downtown on Pacific Avenue. These characters show their depth in times of moral ambiguity, and illustrate the actions we all might take in desperation.
Thomas Benz
Dec 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Doug Lawson’s fine new story collection, by turns funny and poignant, leads us through a unique culture of friends, family and lovers along the coast of Northern California. For the most part, the big cities seem shunned in favor of the possibilities of an intriguing modern wilderness. People try to cling to unorthodox dreams and continue to love those who have contrary ones. The majesty of the ocean knocks up against the ravages of wildfires and earthquakes, while the fault lines between youth ...more
Ace Boggess
Aug 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Doug Lawson’s Bigfoots in Paradise is an intriguing and thought-provoking collection of short stories. Each piece kept me mesmerized with language and depth of character. The stories are compelling but also sometimes disturbing like watching a motorcycle accident when you see it coming but can’t look away. They are deeply human stories and, whether about searching for rare mushrooms, trying to find a missing friend, or a family outing gone awry, what they are really about is our flawed nature. T ...more
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The writing never really hooked me, and the stories had no resolution and too much put on sentimentality/hipness/self awareness
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Doug Lawson’s writing has appeared in numerous literary publications, including Glimmer Train Stories, the Sycamore Review, Passages North, repeatedly in the Mississippi Review, and has received an Honorable Mention from the O. Henry Awards. He's won a Transatlantic Review Award in fiction and a fellowship in fiction from the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities. His first collection of short fi ...more