By Tracy Daugherty
The characters within the tales and novellas the following examine, occasionally the not easy method, the reality of T. S. Eliot's perception that the "end of all our exploring" in existence is to "arrive the place we began" and to grasp, for the 1st time, who we actually are. Saints and sinners, and the blurred traces among them, force those spare narratives set within the plains and deserts of Texas.
[Daugherty's fiction] "leaves us dry-eyed and wiser in that position a long way past tears that we all know from our personal lives."--Shelby Hearon
"Daugherty combines the intense and literary with the humorous and offbeat, leading to sparkle-plenty prose with an ear for discussion that by no means fails."--Beverly Lowry
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