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Nobody Knows How It Got This Good

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Winner of the Tartt First Fiction Award

"A finely crafted collection that perfectly evokes a place and culture." - Kirkus Review

"He successfully combines the anarchic nihilism of Hunter S. Thompson with the deeper, exploratory writings of William Faulkner, identifying the cancers of his chosen corner of the American South and providing not solutions so much as requiems." -
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Hardcover, 1st Edition, 305 pages
Published July 2018 by Livingston Press
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Mike Burrell
Aug 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
You can tell this collection is going to have a chip on its shoulder from the opening story, “The Jaguars of Southtown.” “When DOT took a slice out of Red Mountain...most of downtown Birmingham self-actualized to antique ruins, reverting to a giant used-car lot, a smooth asphalted prairie where trash and news blew before the winds.” From that moment, the city of Birmingham, Alabama is like another character, not always physically present but casting its shadow even when the setting is Cullman, H ...more
Joe
Aug 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Faulkneresque in its prose and unflinching in its judgment of racial relations in Alabama (and all of America, damn it.) A luxurious and often riotously funny read.

M. Hornbuckle
May 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is the debut story collection by a promising young writer with the auspicious name of Amos Jasper Wright IV. It was the winner of the Tartt Fiction Award last year from Livingston Press, which piqued my interest even more. The stories in the collection all take place in and around Birmingham, Alabama (the author’s hometown, though he now lives in New Orleans). They are loosely connected by various improbably strands—Jaguars (the car, not the cat), Wal-Mart, an incident during the Civil ...more
David Wilkinson
Apr 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Just a really good read, and a fascinating insight into life in and around Birmingham Alabama
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