Monday, August 24, 2009

The Southern Cross

Before my attention is dragged away by the workweek ahead (the first week of our semester, so it's a doozy), I just want to give a quick shout-out to Skip Horack and his debut collection of short stories, "The Southern Cross," which won the 2008 Breadloaf Writers' Conference Bakeless Prize (awarded by Antonya Nelson). I was introduced to Horack at the First Books Panel for the Napa Valley Writers Conference and picked up his book right then and there. The stories, set in and around the Gulf Coast in 2005, are rich in place and time, the characters precisely and empathetically drawn. The collection is definitely worthy; I'm completely impressed.

Skip Horack

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