Horses All Over Hell

Stories

By Ryan Blacketter

Horses All Over Hell

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  • ISBN: 9781532689895
  • Pages: 136
  • Publication Date: 7/3/2019
  • Retail Price: $14.00
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Horses All Over Hell

Stories

By Ryan Blacketter

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PAPERBACK

  • ISBN: 9781532689895
  • Pages: 136
  • Publication Date: 7/3/2019
  • Retail Price: $14.00
Web Price: $11.20
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About-

Horses All Over Hell follows the twin tensions of Marty’s drinking and Joanna’s newfound religious sobriety—in a small Idaho city on the Snake in the early nineties. In “Starlings,” Marty and Aunt Darlene enter Joanna’s bedroom with a sack of beer late at night, seeking to revive her old, drinking self. “They Work at Night” features Marty’s escalating drinking. Also presented is Joanna’s intense new friendship with an artist named Lucy. In “Sending Those People Home,” ten-year-old Cory laments that his mom isn’t like the other church mothers. He keeps her best photographs under his bed. Despite this family’s troubles, and whatever their fate, they ache for each other and make their own, often poignant gestures toward love.

Endorsements & Reviews-

“The eleven intricately woven short stories of Horses All Over Hell portray a family caught in an ever-deepening spiral of damage and despair while bound together by ties of love in a Western landscape that comes to life on the page. The deep flaws, the beauty, and the bravery of these richly imagined characters will linger with the reader long after the last page.”

—Mary Clearman Blew, author of Jackalope Dreams and Ruby Dreams of Janis Joplin, Professor emerita, University of Idaho



“With a forceful grasp of character and pitch-perfect dialogue, Ryan Blacketter brings us a deftly woven collection of stories about love and survival in a troubled, yet enduring, American family, reminding us that those who bring the greatest hardship may be the only ones left to offer shelter. Blacketter summons a world equal parts whiskey and evangelism, exhaustion and hope, charged with the curiosity and confusion of childhood, where loyalties are tested and rewarded, and too often broken. Horses All Over Hell is a heartbreaking and mesmerizing new book from a master of modern American fiction.”

—Ernest Hilbert, author of Last One Out, book critic for Wall Street Journal and Washington Post



“Reading Horses All Over Hell I experienced a stark, poetic American realism in a manner I haven't in a long time. Blacketter's prose calls to mind Joan Didion, Raymond Carver, Richard Ford, Flannery O'Connor, and Larry Brown, as he bluntly and beautifully lays out the saga of a family dealing with addiction and dogma.”

—Christian Winn, author of Naked Me

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Ryan Blacketter

Bio(s)-

A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, Ryan Blacketter is the author of the novel Down in the River. He has received a literary grant from Oregon Arts and Culture Council and a prison-teaching grant from the Idaho Humanities Council. He works as a mentor for PEN America’s prison writing program. A Tennessee Williams Scholar at Sewanee, he has read story manuscripts at Tin House and taught creative writing in Portland high schools through WITS.

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