The characters in these 16 stories run the gamut from slow sizzle to high sass. Set mostly in the Pacific Northwest, these plainspoken parables are infused with the raw sepia inflections of the Old West, but still speak to contemporary life. Reminiscent of great short story writers such as Flannery O'Connor, Gallagher's immensely skilled prose animates these no-nonsense alcoves of love and sometimes irresolvable loss, of human pain and healing.

At the Owl Woman Saloon 1997, Scribner Book Company, New York, NY

ISBN-13: 9780684826936