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Tiny Love: The Complete Stories
It's great to see all of Larry Brown's stories collected in one book, sixteen years after his untimely death. One of my all-time favorite writers, Brown's style is straight-ahead no BS--as funny as it is rough and as empathetic as it is ruthless. Some of my all-time faves are here: Boy and Dog (which looks like a long poem of short lines), Julie: A Memory (as strange as any Donald Barthelme story), Facing the Music (heartbreaking), a bounty of classic barroom follies (Wild Thing, Samaritans, Night Life), and the hilariously sadsack romance of the previously-uncollected title story. The foreword by Jonathan Miles is a pleasure and it's even an unexpected joy to finally read Brown's first-ever published short story, Plant Growin' Problems, a story that, after years of submitting stories to magazines, finally got his publishing career started (thank you, Easyriders Magazine). Long live the mighty fireman/literary underdog from small town Mississippi, Larry Brown.
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