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So Bravely Vegetative Paperback – January 3, 2011
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In this, his third volume of short stories, Alan Davis again delivers a most satisfying read. Davis writes with a distinct and colorful style that is imaginative and inventive. Some stories are filled with irony and a touch of humor and end with an O. Henry-like surprise. Others are edgy and may leave you a bit disturbed.
The rarest gem in this collection is Catching Out, a haunting story of an unnamed man riding the rails like a dust-bowl hobo. He is driven by something he can't quite describe and isn't even sure which direction he is traveling. "Why not travel like a bodhisattva through the desolate remains of the earth, not a saint or criminal, just a spot of energy living out its fate in the vegetative world?", he asks himself. He ends up in a small town with a Norwegian stave church and a Viking ship museum. He meditates in the church, sits on a bench and looks out over a frozen river, realizing at last that his days of "catching out" are over.
The story might well be a metaphor of the author's own journeys. The well-traveled Davis is a New Orleans native, transplanted to the North Country. He now teaches at Minnesota State University Moorhead (the city of Moorhead has a stave church and a Viking ship museum) and is Senior Editor for New Rivers Press. His other award winning collections include Rumors from the Lost World and Alone with the Owl.