Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Review: The Southern Cross by Skip Horack

The sixteen short stories featured in Skip Horack’s prize-winning debut collection paint a richly textured vision of the American South. Set in the Gulf Coast over the course of a year torn halfway by the arrival of Hurricane Katrina, these stories, filled with humor, restraint, and verve, follow the lives of an assembly of unforgettable characters. An exonerated ex-con who may not be entirely innocent, a rabbit farmer in mourning, and an earnest young mariner trying to start a new life with his wife—all are characters that populate the spirited cities and drowsy parishes in Horack’s marvelous portrait of the South. "A knockout winner" for guest judge Antonya Nelson, The Southern Cross marks the arrival of a standout new voice.

Received from the publisher for review.

This one gets two stars. I didn't care much for this at all. The stories were well written, but they did nothing for me. The disconnect I felt from the characters may be partially due to the fact that I'm from New England and the setting is just so foreign. I'm sure someone who is closer to the geographical area would enjoy them more. The cultural difference was just too much for my enjoyment. The author is clearly talented, but the book just did not resonate with me personally.

☆☆= Didn't Like It


bermudaonion said...

This sounds like it had some potential - too bad it didn't live up to it.

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