A narrator with no discernable age, gender or race appears in a small southern town and gets taken in by the local church. Meanwhile, the town prepares for its anual "Forgiveness Festival", of which the narrator is told little. beautiful prose, eclectic characters and just the right amount of disorientation. Think 'Midsommar' meets Marquez, told as only Catherine Lacey could tell.
I can't quite tell if Jess Walter is poking fun at or painting an affectionate portrait of the Inland Northwest here, which is part of what makes this collection so great. The stories - most of which are set in or around Spokane - find characters in situations that feel unique to the region. Yet thanks to the unique cast Walters presents us with - including people who are homeless, recently-divorced, ex-cons - mixed with his knack for excellent deadpan dialogue, you don't have to be from the area to enjoy them.
Expansive collection of the best work from the beloved late poet. You'll find yourself thinking about the images here long after you've read, and it will be difficult to not re-read.