The Heyday of the Insensitive Bastards: Stories
The Heyday of the Insensitive Bastards Stories Author:Robert Boswell An enthralling and wise new collection from the author of Century's Son and one of America's most respected writers — I was twenty-nine years old and wanted to change before I hit thirty. Clete and I developed a plan for me . . . a plan that would work all that summer and beyond. Even after I left the mountain, it stuck. — Rob... more »ert Boswell?s extraordinary range is on full display in this crackling new collection. Set mainly in small, gritty American cities no farther east than Chicago and as far west as El Paso, each of these stories is a world unto itself.
Two marriages end, one by death, the other by divorce, and the two wives, lifelong friends, become strangers to each other. A young man?s obsession with visiting a fortune-teller leaves him nearly homeless. And in the unforgettable title story, a man dubbed Keen recounts the summer he spent on a mountain with his best friend, Clete, and a loose band of slackers, living in a borrowed house, abstaining from all drugs (other than mushrooms and beer)?and ultimately asking just what kind of harm we can do to one another. « less
Thoroughly enjoyed this collection of stories. Boswell has a gift for considering a moment in a character's life - and we, the reader, also are forced to consider such whisperings within our own life. I think this is the best a story can be - to bottle a moment and allow the reader to experience it and bridge that moment. Quite magical.