I Hate To See That Evening Sun Go Down: Collected Stories
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.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - Alexander19 - LibraryThing
This is my absolute favorite book of all time. The title story is amazing, the paperhanger is so scary. The best story for me was My Hand Is Just Fine Where It Is. That was an amazing story, and Mr ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - Hagelstein - LibraryThing
William Gay’s stories have gravity, intensity, and a deep sense of place. His characters learn the hard way “that sometimes in life you go through doors that only open one way.” Many of them have ... Read full review