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The Outlaw Album: Stories Hardcover – October 5, 2011
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Praise for THE OUTLAW ALBUM:
"Woodrell writes about violence and dark deeds better than almost anyone in America today, in compact, musical prose that doesn't dwell on visceral detail. An unerring craftsman, he can fully describe a murder in one rich sentence....Most of the stories deal with the darkest recesses of the human heart, and once you begin reading them you can't stop."―Donald Ray Pollock, New York Times Book Review
"An intense volume of fury and blood in the Ozarks, it crystallizes Woodrell's slicing wit and unflinching confrontation with criminality and tragedy."―Donna Seaman, Kansas City Star
"The Outlaw Album is a collection of stories by one of the world's great novelists, Daniel Woodrell, and it's brilliant."―Roddy Doyle, Guardian, "Books of the Year"
"A stunner. Woodrell has the rare ability to tell compelling stories rooted in familiar soil that are simultaneously simple and complex, local and universal, funny and tragic."―St. Louis Post-Dispatch, "Best Books of 2011"
"Woodrell's prose is spare, even stern, yet capable of unexpected lyricism. Amid the rage, despair, and hatred his characters live with, he teases out and displays their deep stores of love and loyalty, and a surprisingly bracing humor."―Kate Tuttle, Boston Globe
"A writer whose words flow with the elemental power of Cormac McCarthy, William Gay, and Chris Offutt, he's chipped an impression of the Ozarks and its people in stone that will endure time....Let these stories be your Bible."―Chris Talbott, Associated Press
"The human desperation behind the violence is gripping. If anyone understands what motivates a man to keep shooting a corpse with a squirrel rifle, it's Woodrell."―Melissa Maerz, Entertainment Weekly
Praise for WINTER'S BONE:
"Woodrell's Old Testament prose and blunt vision have a chilly timelessness that suggests this novel will speak to readers as long as there are readers."―David Bowman, The New York Times Book Review
"Despite the roughness of the content, Woodrell has a poet's sense of how to turn a phrase. . . . Seek him out now, throw down fifteen bucks, and bend your face to the page. You'll come away as I do--darkly changed, begging for another."―Benjamin Percy, Esquire
"The lineage from Faulkner to Woodrell runs as deep and true as an Ozark stream in this book...his most profound and haunting work yet."―Denise Hamilton, Los Angeles Times Book Review
About the Author
Five of Daniel Woodrell's eight published novels were selected as New York Times Notable Books of the Year. Tomato Red won the PEN West Award for the Novel in 1999. Woodrell lives in the Ozarks near the Arkansas line with his wife, Katie Estill.
Top customer reviews
Captivating!!! Gritty!!!! Original!!! Honest!!! He rewrites, Deliverance. It's not banjo music I would worry about, it's what you don't hear that sneaks up on you!!! Daniel was raised here and knows his subject like no one else and MAN does he know how to deliver it!!! Can't wait to read his other works!!!
I love Daniel Woodrell and all of his writings; this is his first set of short stories and all twelve are wonderful for different reasons. We all know this man can write and he continually amazes.
Most of these twelve shorts take places in the deep and dark regions that Woodrell knows like the back of his hands -- the Missouri Ozark area. Each story is unique and singular, but each story is dark, dreary, and somber. Yet, each story shows human emotions of such variety, that you can relate to each story and its characters and conditions.
A few of my favorites --
UNCLE -- This tale relates how a young girl gets revenge on her uncle who mistreats her and other females. Or does she achieve the revenge she so craves? This creepy and unsettling story will stay with me for a long time.
FLORIANNE -- This is a story told by a heartbroken father who continually searches for his missing daughter. As he puts it, "I suspect everybody around here and nobody special. At the opening of each deer season I hope this time she'll be found. Eleven hunts have come and gone now, and others have been stumbled across in culverts, under old plywood, wrapped carefully in white sheets, and piled over with leaves, but not my girl."
Each of these stories is wonderful, but be prepared to be taken to dark and secret places where you will have a hard time returning from. These stories will stick with me for a long time. Woodrell writes with such smoothness, humor, wit, and knowledge. I love his writing, his thoughts, his descriptions.
Yes, while this is a dark little book it still has that golden light that Woodrell manages to make glow with each sentence, thought, word, story. Don't miss this one. Oh, and make sure all of those doors and windows are locked, stocked, and barreled.
The ''Outlaw Album'' is just as impressive. If you live on the East or West Coasts, read these stories to get a better understanding of what is happening in the rest of America.
The stories each focus on someone in the Ozarks, but they are quite varied. I love short stories, and Woodrell does them well. They are infused with personality. The structure is a bit open, and they play more as snapshots of these people's lives.