With an uncanny ability to depict the lives of men and women who rarely register in our literature, Phillips writes stories that lay bare their suffering and joy. Here are the abused and the abandoned, the violent and the passive, the impoverished and the disenfranchised who populate the small towns and rural byways of the country. A patron of the arts reserves his fondest feeling for the one man who wants it least. A stripper, the daughter of a witch, escapes from poverty into another kind of violence. A young girl during the Depression is caught between the love of her crazy father and the no less powerful love of her sorrowful mother. These are great American stories that have earned a privileged place in our literature.
Not my style at all. I hate this sort of literature. It's depressing and annoying. I wish I hadn't bought it.Published 15 months ago by Wendellyn
In all my years of reading I only had to close up one book and toss it into the garbage. Kindle makes it easy, I just deleted Black Tickets not quite half way through because I... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Michele
I bought this for a Creative Writing seminar on story cycles. I didn't understand how this piece was a story cycle, nor did I connect on any level to anything in the book - which... Read morePublished 23 months ago by rec
This product came exactly as discribed and in a timely manner. I would do bussiness again with this seller.Published on April 26, 2010 by Pamela Sandino
I love and hate these stories, but mostly..I hate them. Maybe "hate" is putting too fine a point on it. Read morePublished on December 20, 2008 by Bibliofiend
I didn't much cre for this book. It had too much sex stuff and not really any stories to follow. I thought it would be a good book, too since other well-known authors have praised... Read morePublished on December 5, 2005 by busy bee
This is potent, unblinking, and very courageous stuff. Very beautiful too.Published on August 21, 2001