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THE NAME OF THE NEAREST RIVER: STORIES
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THE NAME OF THE NEAREST RIVER: STORIES

Author: Alex Taylor
Publisher: PERSEUS / RUNNING PRESS, Apr 2010
Binding: Softcover
ISBN: 1-932511-80-6

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These stories reveal the hidden dangers in the coyote-infested fields, rusty riverbeds, & abandoned logging trails of Kentucky. There we find tactile, misbegotten characters, desperate for the solace found in love, revenge, or just enough coal to keep an elderly woman's stove burning a few more nights. 6x9inches, 256 pgs.

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Like a room soaked in the scent of whiskey, perfume, & sweat, Alex Taylor's America is at once intoxicating, vulnerable, & full of brawn. These stories reveal the hidden dangers in the coyote-infested fields, rusty riverbeds, & abandoned logging trails of Kentucky. There we find tactile, misbegotten characters, desperate for the solace found in love, revenge, or just enough coal to keep an elderly woman's stove burning a few more nights. Echoing Flannery O'Connor & William Faulkner, Taylor manages fervor as well as humor in these dusky, shotgun plots, where in one story, a man spends seven days in a jon boat with his fiddle & a Polaroid camera, determined to enact vengeance on the water-logged body of a used car salesman; & in another, a demolition derby enthusiast nicknamed "Wife" watches his two wild, burning love interests duke it out, only to determine he would rather be left alone entirely. Together, these stories present a resonant debut collection from an unexpected new voice in Southern fiction.

WHAT THE EXPERTS ARE SAYING:
?Alex Taylor is a fresh new voice, not just in Kentucky, but in American literature.?Chris Offutt

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Alex Taylor has
worked as a day laborer on tobacco farms, as a car detailer at a used automotive lot, as a sorghum peddler, as a tender of suburban lawns, at various fast food chains, & at a cigarette lighter factory. He holds an MFA from the University of Mississippi & now teaches at Western Kentucky University. He lives in Rosine, Kentucky.


 
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