Red Wing! Some praise (and some refreshing honest criticism) about my new story collection:
Hi Rustin — I read your book, and thoroughly enjoyed. I did get lost in “Five Stories,” and a few other places where I think your love of the absurd may take you too far.
Where your more “traditional,” if still whimsical, self prevails, the stories are beautiful. I think you’ve made your mark as a writer of the Iowa landscape, particularly in winter, and small town life. These stories heavily affected by place are so memorable and poignant, plus often funny too.
Congratulations, my friend, on writing so well in what I assume is a new genre for you. I’ve never been able to write fiction,
though I’ve tried. My few tries sound nervous. (!)
Onward! and cheers, Suzanne
I’m enjoying the stories. I especially have liked “Pearl Harbor,” “The Incomplete History of The Village Of Orilla,” “Lola, and “Road Trip.”I love the sense of place throughout the collection. Can really feel the landscape. The evoking with sensual images is also strong, as well as the use of dialogue.I have a few stories left to read. Hope to get to them before the weekend.
Stay safe and healthy.