- Paperback: 244 pages
- Publisher: The Ridgeway Press; 1 edition (March 1, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 156439008X
- ISBN-13: 978-1564390080
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.9 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 14 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #837,442 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"We cannot imagine the pain that is headed our way. We can only guess at the precise contours of the hells we are about to inflict upon ourselves. Chained to our own rocks, ringed by electric fences we have built inside our minds, we can scarcely comprehend that all we have to do is walk away. Oh, yes. In these knife-edged, fiercely intelligent stories, Brian Smith tells us all about these truths, his characters delivering to us hard-won knowledge that is both terrifying and oddly exhilarating, like walking down the streets of a bad neighborhood at midnight. Read them, reflect on them, admire them--then drink a glass of orange juice and get yourself to the gym."--Gregory McNamee
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Author Brian J. Smith's writing is cohesive, flowing and sentient. He writes in first-person narrative, which brings life to the stories, characters, situations and their inner thoughts. Its effect is as real as if the author casually told you these over the phone.
Not only is this an effortless and obsessive read, it feels like you know the main characters in daily life. For example, imagine reading your best friend's diary ~ the one where he writes every minute of alcohol-induced, meth-laced, obsessive thinking vices. The one where it's the first time you're hearing about what he's hiding. The one where you know in your gut an early funeral's on the way.
"Spent Saints" might be this diary. Smith demonstrates the old adage: "Ya can't save someone who doesn't wanna save themselves." Yet, the angels, halos and dollar-store ceramic cherubs placed throughout the book somehow foster hope in our hearts. Hope we really could be somebody's savior.