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The Southern Cross: Stories Paperback – August 12, 2009
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“These stories are the real deal, the way Larry Brown's and Raymond Carver's stories are real. They move at depth with what can only be called a great and authentic soul. This is a special book, and the announcement of a wonderful writer and storyteller.”
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This is a book to be savored.
Horack's storytelling is lean and muscular with a clarity that many writers should study (I'm looking at you, hip DFW wanna-bes). Readers find fully-rendered characters here, not postmodern trickery. Horack's handling of epiphany and plot is stunning, too. He weaves often weaves a story around a small moment in a character's life, say, a research project for a graduate student. In Horack's capable hands, this project becomes a vehicle for exploring a failed relationship. I could go on and gush, but I'll stop. Suffice to say that THE SOUTHERN CROSS does for North Florida what Tom Franklin's POACHERS does for coastal Mississippi and Alabama: turns the land into a literary artifact by respecting the land and not exploiting it.
These stories are told from spring through summer, fall, and winter. They explore life, youth, love, passion, disappointment, and death. The southern reader will find an alarmingly authentic glimpse into their neighbor's lives, and the rest of us will get a taste of a world often misunderstood and mislabeled. Skip Horack is a writer who will forever be on my must read list-I look forward to reading many fine stories from him in the future.
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This is one of the best books of short stories I have ever read...
Far too often, stories about the south end up as imitations of what we've all seen before, or worse, they belittle or make fun of the people who live there. Read morePublished on August 10, 2010 by Amazon Customer