"Gifford, a master of the short story and nasty vignette, can sum up in a few words the cruelty, horror, and crushing banality that shape an entire life."
–New York Times Book Review
New stories and collected short novels about recurring character Roy, with episodes from his life ages 5 to 17. The first section (The Vast Difference) features Gifford's latest stories appearing in book form for the first time. Other sections:Memories from a Sinking Ship, Wyoming Sad Stories of the Death of Kings.
“"Gifford, a master of the short story and nasty vignette, can sum up in a few words the cruelty, horror, and crushing banality that shape an entire life."–New York Times Book Review "The way Barry Gifford lets people talk articulates everything about their unfamiliar inner lives, and ours."–Boston Globe "Gifford is a master."–Los Angeles Times "Gifford cuts right through the heart of what makes a good novel readable and entertaining. . . . The way Barry Gifford does it, it's high art."–Elmore Leonard "Barry Gifford invented his own American vernacular–William Faulkner by way of B-movie film noir, porn paperbacks, and Sun Records rockabilly"–Jonathan Lethem”