What Salmon Know: Stories

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Doubleday, 1999 - Fiction - 226 pages
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From the author of the critically acclaimed If I Don't Six, brilliant stories of men in extremis that remind one of the works of Thom Jones, Rick Bass, and Raymond Carver--tales of tough men coping in a world tougher than they are.
Elwood Reid's powerful, bruising stories examine the soulful underside of the American male and the violence that sometimes accompanies disappointed dreams. The subject of these stories are all working men, part of a culture that's no longer relevant in a shinier America.
From the title story, in which two drunken Alaskan poachers fight some GIs over a bucket of salmon, to "All That Good Stuff," in which a softball team of alcoholic wrecks tries vainly to attain a tiny measure of redemption, to "Dryfall," in which a college dropout barely hanging on as a housepainter must save his brother from violent self-destruction, Reid gives the reader an American landscape where blue-collar manliness is a value besieged from without and corrupted from within.

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What salmon know: stories

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Reid's male, working-class characters live on the edges of society, either in half-wild locales, like Alaska, or in marginal jobs in big cities--raw settings that mirror the state of their souls. Hard ... Read full review

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Almost all of the stories in this collection amused and surprised me with the author's perspective of manly workingman-ness, but none of them really stood out to me except for "Happy Jack." As well ... Read full review

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Elwood Reid is the author of the novel If I Don't Six. Reid is a regular contributor of both fiction and nonfiction for GQ magazine, and has been a carpenter, a bouncer, a cook, a bartender, and a writing instructor. Reid is at work on a novel set in the Alaskan wilderness. He lives in Obernberg, New York.

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