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Volt: Stories Paperback – March 1, 2011
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Heathcock worked ten years on these stories and the hard, lonely hours of the solitary writer at his keyboard have paid off as readers now hold one of the year's best short story collections in their hands. Volt makes us think, makes us feel, and makes us believe in the power of short fiction once again.
In a tradition stretching from Sherwood Anderson's Winesburg, Ohio to Elizabeth Strout's Olive Kitteridge, Heathcock links the stories in Volt through location and character--the residents of the fictional Krafton. They are set in an indefinable place and time. It could be Indiana in the 1950s or it could be Montana in the 2010s, but the characters are, at heart, those folks who live next door to us; or, more precisely, those who live in the mirror. Heathcock has gone directly to the heart of what makes us tick and breathe in a world thrown into disarray, no matter if it's the Cold War or the Iraq War in the background.
With a certain Midwestern stoicism, most of Heathcock's characters are men and women of few words. In the collection's opening story, "The Staying Freight," Winslow Nettles embarks on a weeks-long cross-country odyssey after he accidentally kills his boy and causes a train derailment. Before he departs, however, he leaves a note on the kitchen table for his wife: Took a walk. Be back soon.
In fact, Winslow will not be back anytime soon.Read more ›
Containing eight electric and dynamic short stories, this book reminded me very much of OLIVE KITTERIDGE in its format and formula. Characters start out in one short story, show up in others, moving inside the web of author Alan Heathcock's intriguing works.
The reader is transported to Krafton, USA, located between somewhere and nowhere. People are proud and hard working, and grief and tragedy are no strangers to anyone living in Krafton. We are introduced to characters who have love and lost, loose loved ones, triumph over nature's fury, deal with murder and just try to make it through one more day.
The one character I admired the most was Helen Farraley. A former grocery store manager, she now is Krafton's sheriff. Farraley shows up in many of the eight stories, trying to right wrong, sometimes taking justice and the law into her own hands, vailantly trying to keep the peace in Krafton, which is no easy feat. She is strong, resillent, and honest, yet the author also shows her very human side as she sheds tears, shows fear, or gets confused. In one story she takes it upon herself to change the circumstances of a crime in order to spare loved one's feelings. Helen is a fleshed-out and true-to-life character, same as everyone else you will meet in Krafton.
THE STAYING FREIGHT, the first story in the book, was perhaps my favorite. Winslow Nettles is a farmer who faces the ultimate loss and tragedy, which he simply cannot handle. He needs to escape his misery and that of his wife's and simply starts to walk. Where does he end up? Does he find peace? What happened that made him try to run away from himself?Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Heathcock holds a mirror up for us to peer into, gives it to us straight, and his empathy makes our warts, beauty marks. Well written and beautifully melancholy.Published 9 days ago by Michael
Wonderful stories. Hope Heathcock publishes another collection. Don't usually re-read stories but may this time!Published 9 months ago by RSK SUPERSHRINK
At first this book didn't grab me. I had started to read a couple of the stories and couldn't stay focused. Read morePublished 19 months ago by A. Nieradka
"Volt" is a phantasmic, moody, and often bracing look at regional connections in time and to nature. I could not put the book down. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Lyn Poats
The stories are a bit on the dark side, but extremely true to life, and wonderfully written. I couldn't stop reading, even when the stories were a bit disturbing. Read morePublished on January 30, 2014 by Amazon Customer
I enjoy short stories and this book got rave reviews here on Amazon. I read the book and it was very boring, with characters that played into bad Midwestern flyover states who... Read morePublished on November 20, 2013 by Just the facts.
I found this book on a web-page where famous/popular authors mentioned their favorite books of the year. Volt was mentioned by many of them, so I bought it. Read morePublished on September 25, 2013 by Lisa Conn
Beautifully written, powerful stories. Best short story collection I've read in a long time. Do yourself a favor and read it.Published on August 25, 2013 by G. Menzies