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We Come to Our Senses: Stories Hardcover – July 26, 2016
"Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress"
Is the world really falling apart? Is the ideal of progress obsolete? Cognitive scientist and public intellectual Steven Pinker urges us to step back from the gory headlines and prophecies of doom, and instead, follow the data: In seventy-five jaw-dropping graphs, Pinker shows that life, health, prosperity, safety, peace, knowledge, and happiness are on the rise. Learn more
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“This is almost a novel in stories, thematically linked like Phil Klay’s Redeployment, but more particular in its examination of the new American veteran.”
- New York Times Book Review
“Lindsey writes with quiet confidence and sometimes arch humor that invites comparison to Ben Fountain and Phil Klay but that wouldn't displease Flannery O'Connor. Superb atmospherics coupled with arresting story lines.”
- Kirkus (starred review)
“Lindsey’s debut artfully portrays the American South....Lindsey’s lyrical, frenetic prose calls to mind Barry Hannah; and, like Hannah, he imparts a grim and pitying hope to his characters.”
- Booklist (starred review)
“I read Odie Lindsey’s We Come to Our Senses in a way that books rarely compel me to…Not only compulsively readable, the thoughts these war stories stirred were rich and complex and heartening in their universal humanity. This is a remarkable collection by a splendid new writer.”
- Robert Olen Butler, Pulitzer Prize-winner and author of A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain
“Brutal, precise, like a bullet to the heart, Lindsey's prose is exactly right for conveying what war does to the human soul. Whether comic or tragic, the characters in these stories feel so vibratingly alive they seem to be whispering directly into your ear.”
- Helen Benedict, author of Sand Queen and The Lonely Soldier
“The writing here is nuanced, correct, and felt enough that, for once, ‘Support Our Troops’ is not political pablum. One might say that in Odie Lindsey's care ‘Support Our Troops’ is a literary imperative.”
- Padgett Powell, author of Cries for Help, Various
“The debut we hope for: heart-quickening, kinetic, relentless in its engagement with our time.”
- Paul Yoon
“With a searing insightfulness and a dark humor all his own, Odie Lindsey holds up a powerful lens to an experience of modern American warfare that has been largely ignored in fiction―that of female veterans. This is collection about how the battles we wage with the external world are really only half the fight.”
- Bonnie Jo Campbell, National Book Award Finalist and author of Once Upon a River
“[A] gritty and ambitious debut collection…Odie Lindsey is an innovative and consummate prose stylist.”
- Mary Miller, author of The Last Days of California
“Here's an exciting, even thrilling new voice I'm delighted to read, to hear in my head. He's got all the notes, he's all in. Odie Lindsey's a terrific writer―pitch-perfect, entirely under control at high speed―who doesn't hold anything back.”
- Brad Watson, author of Aliens in the Primes of Their Lives
About the Author
Odie Lindsey’s stories have appeared in Best American Short Stories, the Iowa Review, Columbia, and the anthology Forty Stories, among others. A veteran, he lives in Nashville.