In more than 100 perfectly pitched stories, Heynen displays his mastery of country wisdom, speech, and behavior as he reveals life in a Midwest where electricity is a magical novelty and cities a distant rumor. Indelibly American, these tales are of farmboys finding their way, contending with grown-ups, city kids, birth, death, rats, skunks, and ...
In more than 100 perfectly pitched stories, Heynen displays his mastery of country wisdom, speech, and behavior as he reveals life in a Midwest where electricity is a magical novelty and cities a distant rumor. Indelibly American, these tales are of farmboys finding their way, contending with grown-ups, city kids, birth, death, rats, skunks, and even mean ponies.
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Publishers Weekly, 1993-05-24 There are 103 stories in this small book, divided into six sections. No story is longer than two-and-a-half pages, and there are no named characters--they are merely identified as a mother, a minister, a grandfather and ``the boys'' of the subtitle, a gaggle of farm kids whose collective perspective is related in these snippets. The terse, reticent structure and tone of this collection--the prose is plain and unadorned--are perfectly suited to Heynen's homely paean to rural American life. Disengaged from any recognizable narrative, the moments recounted here--the instant when electrification first brightens a kitchen, the approach of a tornado, the death of an animal--possess a lonely, existential quality, as if, indeed, the story of which they were once a part is now gone. Yet what remains with the reader are the magical impressions of childhood. For example, in ``Eye to Eye,'' the ``youngest boy'' sneaks into the pen where a pig is giving birth and stares right into the piglet's eye the moment it is born: a certain intelligence--and innocence--are mutually acknowledged in an instant, and the boy realizes he has been ``somewhere no one else will ever have to know about.'' But for Heynen ( The Funeral Parlor ), the boy would be right. (June)
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