Letting Loose the Hounds by Brady Udall

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“Funny, unpredictable, and abounding with strange beauty . . .
a fierce new voice of the American West.”—Outside

Exploding with an unsettling exuberance, Brady Udall’s stories traverse a geography of lost love, fragmented lives, and satisfying revenge. From the night a six-foot-three Apache Indian holding a goat steps into a moonlit Arizona backyard in "Midnight Raid" to the pivotal moment when a man, delirious from a dental extraction, gets rescued by a stranger in the title story, Udall injects his stories and characters with equal parts darkness and humor. These are sad and sweet stories, moving from the familiar to surprising destinations. But even when disaster looms, Udall's fine comic sense sustains his men and women in their sometimes extravagant efforts to connect and cope. Plunged in the moment, these stories have velocity; they spray gravel as they take off.

About Brady Udall

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Brady Udall is the author of The Lonely Polygamist, a New York Times bestseller, and Letting Loose the Hounds. He teaches at Boise State University and lives in Boise, Idaho, with his wife and children.
Published June 28, 2010 by W. W. Norton & Company. 224 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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(Jan.) FYI: Udall, whose stories have appeared in GQ, the Paris Review, Playboy and Story, is a James Michener Fellow.

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Most of the characters in Brady Udall's robust debut collection, Letting Loose the Hounds, have been stung by personal tragedy, usually involving dead or unfaithful wives.

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