Sandhill County Lines: Stories (Sandhill Chronicles)

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Sandhill County—Clay Reynolds’s Yoknapatawpha—is the setting for all nine stories in this collection. Reynolds sees his stories as reflective fragments, “the kind one notices when driving through a county in North Central Texas—old buildings and houses, each one concealing a story. I wonder about such places, who may have built them and what they looked like new. I think also about newer places, or places that have been converted from one thing to another, and I wonder about the people behind the windows and doors, what their stories truly are.“Sometimes a sensation that wouldn't cause so much as a ripple in the city may roll like a tidal wave in a small town. But at the same time, individuals come and go, are born, grow up, live out their lives and die, sometimes with no one truly knowing who they are and where they came from—no one ever privy to their hopes, dreams, triumphs, and disappointments. Too often they blend too easily into the backgrounds.“I hope that these stories illuminate them, make them more visible, and bring their lives to the fore by showing that within each is a personalized existence, one that may be funny or sad, poignant or nonsensical, but which always fits, somehow, into the greater chronicle of a single place. It takes all of them to make the place whole.”And just so, these gathered short stories make whole and illuminate the place that informs Reynolds’s Sandhill novels, from The Vigil and Agatite to his most recent, Threading the Needle.

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Reynolds, a university of Texas at Dallas professor and PW contributor, spins nine winning yarns about smalltown people trapped in mean circumstances in, mostly, the Lone Star state. Mexico follows a character named Clay as he goes catting with his good old boys at a sad little Mexican border outpost, only to discover that his hometown isn't much different, spiritually, from the shanties, barrooms and whorehouses south of the border. In Bush League, a jilted single mother meets an ex-boyfriend, now a sports agent; she wants revenge for their dirty, tacky little affair, and he wants to sign her baseball-prodigy son. Connie, the miserable college professor of Nickelby, is a lonely, antique woman living in a lonely, antique house in rural Canada, who begins to feel kinship with her neighbor's abused dog. The Baptism features a solitary hardware store owner in the dust bowl of Agatite, Tex., who learns there are only two things certain in his world: death and Wal-Mart. Reynolds shines penetrating light on small lives. (Oct.)
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"Clay Reynolds's stories are earthy, frank, sometimes disturbingly ironic, but his characters are always real, compelling, and unpredictable."

"One of them Surburbans," he said. "From over to Punkin Center. Goddamn town people got no sense. Drive too goddamn fast. Don't they know folks live here?" The man and boy stared off into the darkness. "Get my rifle," he said, "and a lantern."

"Clay Reynolds's stories are earthy, frank, sometimes disturbingly ironic, but his characters are always real, compelling, and unpredictable." -- Elmer Kelton "Elmer Kelton"

"Nine winning yarns about smalltown people trapped in mean circumstances . . . . Reynolds shines penetrating light on small lives." -- Publishers Weekly "Publishers Weekly"

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