“These stories by Glenway Wescott may be read with pleasure, and reread, for every reading brings out new shades of meaning and richness of feeling. . . . You are reading the stories of one of the best-endowed writers this country has ever produced.”—Katherine Anne Porter
“These stories are [Wescott’s] rendering of real stories, rumors, gossip, and local legend. But there is also the perspective that the individual writer brings to his work. In Wescott that includes respect for Midwest courtesy and decency, but animosity toward the old-fashioned puritanism that stifles creativity and humanity. It includes a love of the landscape even when it is impoverished, and of nature even when it is cruel.”—from the introduction by Jerry Rosco
"As I was reading these stories, I felt as if I was walking into an Edward Hopper painting, one of those sparse landscapes that at first seem broad and open, but on further contemplation appear to close in upon a stark psychological scenario. That mystery is the haunting pleasure of those houses, perched on hills and alongside empty roads leading somewhere and nowhere, visibly absent of people. But then we see those window shades and realize that people are alive in there, anchored to chairs and tables and their daily routines, suggesting a deeper, interior reality. It’s the details of the Wisconsin woods, pastures, and small towns that dominate the stories, and Wescott turns this geography into an uncertain mental and sexual landscape that’s difficult to forget."—James Polchin, Gay & Lesbian Review, 2009
“Upon reading such a provocative and extraordinary line as: ‘grotesque bodies that seemed to have been made of candle-drippings, a little bit alive, arms and legs wonderfully tied in sailors’ knots, luminous heads like overturned pieces of sculpture with broken pedestals swathed in bedclothes,’ one instinctively knows one is reading something swathed in greatness.”—David Marx Book Reviews
About the Author
Glenway Wescott (1901–1987) was born in Kewaskum, Wisconsin, and was raised on a farm with an extended family. He left Wisconsin as a young man and lived in Paris and New York for most of his life. Among his other books are The Grandmothers: A Family Portrait, Apple of the Eye, and The Pilgrim Hawk.