Set in Thomas McGuane's accustomed Big Sky country, with its mesmeric powers, these stories attest to the generous compass of his fellow feeling as well as to his unique way with words and the comic genius that has inspired comparison with Twain and Gogol.
The ties of family make for uncomfortable binds: A devoted son is horrified to discover his mother's antics before she slipped into dementia. A father's outdoor skills are no match for an ominous change in the weather. But complications arise equally in the absence of blood, as when lifelong friends on a fishing trip finally confront their deep dislike for each other or when a gifted traveling cattle breeder succumbs to the lure of a stranger's offer of easy money.
McGuane is as witty and large hearted as we have ever known him - a jubilant, thunderous confirmation of his status as a modern master.
"Seventeen glum, gleeful, brilliant stories." (Booklist Starred Review)
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He's grinnin' like a mule eating cactus....
- W Perry Hall "One master-passion in the br east, like Aaron's serpent, swallows all the rest. A. Pope"
Refreshing and unique story telling!
The individual stories are varied and the writer has a talent for keeping you interested in what's coming next!
- kathy "Kiki V"