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Written in vivid, spare prose, the best of these stories linger, sad and profound, like songs you sing to yourself.(New York Times)
Permeated with finely crafted writing, grounded in the solidity of objects and places realized through well-textured description and resonant dialogue, this debut makes a wise, quietly provocative statement about commonplace tragedy and the ironies and fragility of relationships.(Publishers Weekly)
Like all good fiction, the stories in this first collection are true. . . . The language, especially the dialogue, is clean and well-lit; the narration is seemly. This is a fine debut.(Virginia Quarterly Review)
Deaver offers yet another snapshot of the chasm that yawns between Christianity and Christendom in Silent Retreats.(Books and Religion)
This collection . . . is quite impressive.(Chicago Tribune)
The style of these eleven stories is rich―full of talk, imagery, and wit.(Choice)
A triumph . . . a noteworthy introduction.(Kirkus Reviews)
Deaver's Silent Retreats is a collection of deeply felt stories, rooted in the American landscape.(San Francisco Review)
Deaver's characters portray an ability to retreat from life's vagaries while leaving open the possibilities for redemption, reconciliation and Hope.Published 20 months ago by Michael Kormanicki
No one writes them like they used to. Except deaver. Quiets lives of quiet desperation lived by quiet men in quiet towns.Published on August 5, 2012 by gregory johnson