THE BOOK &
|Rusty W. Spell wrote
the stories in this collection from
1994-1999 -- ages 19 to 24 -- while an
undergraduate and Master's student at The
University of Southern Mississippi. The
twelve stories and author's introduction
made up his Master's thesis.
selected here were, as Spell says,
"meant to show his
development." Therefore, newer and
more mature stories (such as "The
Move" and the title story) are
included side by side with older stories
(such as "Stickerbush") written
while Spell was still finding his voice
as a writer.
stories themselves are concerned with
that particular group of Gen-Xers who
were born late enough to have an
awareness of the label they were given.
These are no slackers, but intelligent
and desperate young men and women in love
with their indie music, their tiny towns,
and the complicated and worthwhile
relationships they have with each other.
writing that is sometimes the equivalent
of a dismissive gesture, Rusty W. Spell
actually proves himself to be a careful
observer of his generation, capturing the
buzz and beauty of the 90s in dreamy,
neon, and joyous ways that we ourselves
would love to remember them.
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