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By Don Waters

This strong debut assortment, set within the light-filled deserts of Nevada and Arizona, introduces a darkly creative new voice. Like an early Richard Ford, Don Waters writes with ability, empathy, and an edgy wit of worlds hardly ever celebrated in modern literature. In Desert Gothic, Waters unleashes a wild and gritty solid and issues them down paths of reckoning, the place the characters earn the grace in their hard-won wisdom.

     Set in bars, mortuaries, nursing houses, truck stops, and the “poverty resorts that encircled downtown’s on line casino corridor,” Waters’s ten tales are packed with misfit transients like Julian, a crematorium employee who decorates deserted urns to create a “lush underground island,” and the moment Mormon missionary Eli, a hapless divorcé who “always likes humans greater whilst they’re a bit broken.” Limo drivers, ultra-marathoners, vagabonds, and a distraught novelist-to-be populate the pages of those gritty stories.

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