American Originals: Novellas and Stories by Tracy Daugherty

By Tracy Daugherty

The novellas and tales in American Originals convey the facility of the West Texas desolate tract to swallow people—literally, or throughout the rituals of work, or during the raptures of ecstatic imaginative and prescient, precipitated by means of benefits or madness—and people’s skill to forge connections inspite of severe stipulations. every bit during this thematically-linked assortment assumes a special form, even if poetically compressed, echoing (only to wreck) the contours of poser tales, or redolent of the varieties of classical prayer. The Texas of yank ORIGINALS turns into the panorama of strife and desire, fight and love, misplaced and found.      

The characters within the tales and novellas right here research, occasionally the demanding method, the reality of T. S. Eliot's perception that the "end of all our exploring" in lifestyles is to "arrive the place we all started" and to understand, for the 1st time, who we actually are. Saints and sinners, and the blurred strains among them, force those spare narratives set within the plains and deserts of Texas.  


 

[Daugherty's fiction] "leaves us dry-eyed and wiser in that position a ways past tears that we all know from our personal lives."--Shelby Hearon

 

"Daugherty combines the intense and literary with the humorous and offbeat, leading to sparkle-plenty prose with an ear for discussion that by no means fails."--Beverly Lowry

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