By Brad Watson
Finalist for the 2011 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction: "Watson's expertise is singular, really outstanding; [his tales] are infused with an uncanny beauty."―A. M. Homesduring this, his first number of tales because his celebrated, award-winning Last Days of the Dog-Men, Brad Watson takes us even deeper into the riotous, appalling, and mournful oddity of human beings.
In prose so completely pitched as to indicate a few celestial concord, he writes approximately all types of household discord: unruly or far away young children, alienated spouses, family abuse, loneliness, dying, divorce. In his masterful name novella, a freshly married teenaged couple are visited through an strange pair of inmates from a close-by insane asylum―and discover precisely how mismatched they honestly are.
With beautiful tenderness, Watson relates the brutality of either nature and human nature. There’s absolute confidence approximately it. Brad Watson writes so well―with such an all-seeing, six-dimensional view of human hopes, inadequacies, and infrequent grace―that he needs to be an extraterrestrial.