Thursday, February 26, 2009
The week of rave-ups continues! In the Devil's Territory in the Boston Phoenix, the Baltimore City Paper, and more
1. Nina MacLaughlin, books critic for the Boston Phoenix, wrote a generous and well-made review of In the Devil's Territory in yesterday's arts section. The first paragraph:
"In Kyle Minor's dark debut collection of stories, personal secrets always exact a terrible price — sometimes worse than the events that motivated them. In the novella "A Day Meant To Do Less" — violent, agonizing, and the centerpiece of this collection — nine-year-old Franny gets assaulted in the tobacco fields near her Kentucky home. She is chased, pushed, pissed on, forced to take her older cousin's penis in her mouth. She grows up, tells no one, buries it deep. But as Minor shows in fantastic, horrifying detail, buried truths can bubble up in strange, nightmarish ways."
Read the rest of the Boston Phoenix review of In the Devil's Territory here.
2. Jeffrey Anderson at the Baltimore City Paper highlights "A Day Meant to Do Less," a story from In the Devil's Territory, in its review of Best American Mystery Stories 2008, in which the story also appears.
Read the Baltimore City Paper review here.
3. I gush about Kathleen Rooney's book Live Nude Girl at the Writers Read blog maintained by the Campaign for the American Reader: here.
Posted by Kyle Minor at 5:03 PM