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Desert Gothic
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This powerful debut collection, set in the light-filled deserts of Nevada and Arizona, introduces a darkly inventive new voice. Like an early Richard Ford, Don Waters writes with skill, empathy, and an edgy wit of worlds not often celebrated in contemporary literature. In Desert Gothic, Waters unleashes a wild and gritty cast and points them down paths of reckoning, where the characters earn the grace of their hard-won wisdom.
     Set in bars, mortuaries, nursing homes, truck stops, and the “poverty motels that encircled downtown’s casino corridor,” Waters’s ten stories are full of misfit transients like Julian, a crematorium worker who decorates abandoned urns to create a “lush underground island,” and the instant Mormon missionary Eli, a hapless divorcé who “always likes people better when they’re a little broken.” Limo drivers, ultra-marathoners, vagabonds, and a distraught novelist-to-be populate the pages of these gritty stories.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Contents and Acknowledgments
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  1. What to Do with the Dead
  2. pp. 1-15
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  1. Sheets
  2. pp. 16-31
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  1. Mr. Epstein and the Dealer
  2. pp. 32-48
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  1. Dan Buck
  2. pp. 49-58
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  1. Mineral and Steel
  2. pp. 59-78
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  1. Blood Management
  2. pp. 79-92
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  1. Holiday at the Shamrock
  2. pp. 93-100
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  1. The Bulls at San Luis
  2. pp. 101-119
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  1. Little Sins
  2. pp. 120-135
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  1. Mormons in Heat
  2. pp. 136-152
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