The Ice at the Bottom of the World: Stories
With a distinctive and original voice, Mark Richard's stories capture characters on the fringe of society, and illuminate the goodness at the heart of their Southern, down-and-out lies. Full of startling images and harrowing epiphanies, The Ice at the Bottom of the World is a collection by a true master of his craft. In these ten stories, Mark Richard, winner of the 1990 PEN/Ernest Hemingway Foundation Award, emerges as the heir apparent to Mark Twain, Flannery O'Connor, and William Faulkner.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - reganrule - LibraryThing
Mark Richard's voice in this gut-punch collection of stories recalls Breece D'J Pancake's Appalachian darkness (but not its pacing), and McCarthy's inebriated river-sloshed wordplay in Suttree. Of the ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - blanderson - LibraryThing
2nd reading: a brilliant, if uneven,collection. Best stories: Strays, Her Favorite Story, On the Rope, Ice at the Bottom of the World, and The Theory of Man. The rest are okay, either just missing the ... Read full review