‘The Big Baby Crime Spree’: Quirky and Darkly Funny

Darrin Doyle’s new story collection, ‘The Big Baby Crime Spree,’ is filled with quirky, dislikeable, but not necessarily unlikeable, characters.

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A Tale of Two Realities in ‘Working It Off in Labor County’

Larry D. Thacker’s short story collection ‘Working It Off in Labor County’ is tender in its depiction of rural American ennui and mordant in its portrayal of colorful go-getters in a patch of coal country.

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Sticky-Sweet Summers in ‘So We Can Glow’

Addictively readable, Leesa Cross-Smith’s short story collection “So We Can Glow” is the literary equivalent of someone biting their lip and looking up at you.

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Wrestling with the Angel in ‘Hallelujah Station’

M. Randal O’Wain’s ‘Hallelujah Station and Other Stories’ play out across a range of Southern urban settings from Memphis to Asheville and feature a cast of modern misfits encompassing diverse voices.

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Grief and Compassion in ‘The Collected Breece D’J Pancake’

‘The Collected Breece D’J Pancake,’ a new edition from The Library of America, contains the complete collection of stories along with story fragments, selected letters, and a new introduction by Jayne Anne Phillips.

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Redemption and Hope in ‘Lord the One You Love is Sick’

Kasey Thornton captures the complicated dynamics of the rural South in her debut novel-in-stories, ‘Lord the One You Love is Sick.’

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