--Kirkus Reviews - Best Books of 2014 (starred review)
Eloquently written and replete with a continual stream of un-hackneyed twists and turns, Parsons' collection is superbly crafted. Engaging, riveting, and at times, mind-boggling, The Sense of Touch is earmarked to become a literary classic.
-- San Francisco Book Review (five-star review)
Parsons has made himself a man to watch in the literary world. Each of these stories is as thrilling as the next.
--Portland Book Review (five-star review)
Ron Parsons' stellar debut collection is full of stories as changeable and unpredictable as a Midwestern springtime, as fresh and clear as a hidden waterfall, as sudden and perplexing as an unsolved murder. At once playful and deadly serious, hilarious and sad, these are the kinds of stories that will involve your own memory even as they show you a world you've likely never seen.
--Peter Geye, author of The Lighthouse Road
[I]t is clear that Parsons knows the land he mines beyond the superficial sights, sounds, and smells, down to the feeling, the touch. And in this collection, he explores those who live and love in the cold and beautiful Midwest, all the way to their bones.
--ForeWord Reviews (five-star review)
These tales are the winsome hissing of busy signals lisping in the icy nicely nice neighborhoods of the missing Midwest at the intersection of polite delight and absolute zero at the bone.
--Michael Martone, author of Four for a Quarter
About the Author
THE SENSE OF TOUCH, his debut collection of stories, was released by Aqueous Books in 2013.