An exhilarating collection, as brash as it is wise, by one of our great storytellers
The Heyday of the Insensitive Bastards
- “An unnerving, fascinating collection.”—O, The Oprah Magazine, 25 Books You Can’t Put Down
Set mainly in small, gritty American cities, each of these stories is a world unto itself. A man’s obsessive visits to a fortuneteller leave him nearly homeless. Time collapses as two marriages slowly dissolve. And in the searing title story, a young man recounts the summer he spent in a mountain town, squatting in a borrowed house with a loose band of slackers, abstaining from all drugs (other than mushrooms)—and ultimately asking just what kind of harm we can do to one another.
- “Heartbreakers from a writer who knows how to do it right."—Kirkus Reviews
- “Boswell, whose style and subject matter is somewhat reminiscent of Tobias Wolff and Robert Stone, is a virtuoso of descriptive prose.”—Library Journal
- “In this imaginative story collection, author Boswell examines the limits and losses of ordinary souls with technical mastery and profound sympathy.”—Publishers Weekly
- “[Boswell] shows a sensitive and comprehensive understanding of the quirks that can shake a person off course: from fear, passivity and pride to external knocks and dings that are easier to spot, harder to fix.”—The New York Times Book Review