What Salmon Know: Stories
Elwood Reid's powerful, bruising stories examine the soulful underside of the American male and the violence that sometimes accompanies disappointed dreams. 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 try 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 us an American landscape in which working-class manliness is a value system besieged from without and corrupted from within.
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WHAT SALMON KNOWUser Review - Jane Doe - Kirkus
Tough-as-nails stories of blue-collar men running low on chances, luck and hope, by the author of the novel If I Don't Six (not reviewed). In Reid's universe there are two kinds of jobs: bad ones that ... Read full review
What salmon know: storiesUser Review - Not Available - Book Verdict
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