I Hate to See That Evening Sun Go Down

I Hate to See That Evening Sun Go Down

Collected Stories

Book - 2003
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William Gay established himself as "the big new name to include in the storied annals of Southern Lit" ( Esquire ) with his debut novel, The Long Home , and his highly acclaimed follow-up, Provinces of Night . Like Faulkner's Mississippi and Cormac McCarthy's American West, Gay's Tennessee is redolent of broken souls. Mining that same fertile soil, his debut collection, I Hate to See That Evening Sun Go Down , brings together thirteen stories charting the pathos of interior lives. Among the colorful people readers meet are: old man Meecham, who escapes from his nursing home only to find his son has rented their homestead to "white trash"; Quincy Nell Qualls, who not only falls in love with the town lothario but, pregnant, faces an inescapable end when he abandons her; Finis and Doneita Beasley, whose forty-year marriage is broken up by a dead dog; and Bobby Pettijohn -- awakened in the night by a search party after a body is discovered in his back woods.
William Gay expertly sets these conflicted characters against lush backcountry scenery and defies our moral logic as we grow to love them for the weight of their human errors.
Publisher: New York : Free Press, 2003, c2002
Edition: 1st Free Press trade pbk. ed
ISBN: 9780743242929
Branch Call Number: PS3557.A985 I15 2003x
Characteristics: 303 p. ; 22 cm

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Jan 31, 2011

Reminds me a lot of Raymond Carver yet much more poetic than Carver's. His subject matter at times edges on the very dark, but his perception of human nature is quite realistic. After reading this collection of short stories (never read him before) I definitely want to explore his novels.


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Aug 07, 2011

- from the best of southern literature listing I found on the net. Excellent writing First story was made into a recently view movie starring Hal Holbrook as an old farmer trying to get his life back on his farm. 9/10


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