Rust and Bone by Craig Davidson
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The beauty of Rust and Bone lies in the author's ability to make poetic what is intrinsically hostile or distasteful...
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“Enough incident, shock, and suspense for a dozen books. . . . Filled with stories you haven’t heard before.”—Bret Easton Ellis


In steel-tipped prose, Craig Davidson conjures a savage world populated by fighting dogs, prizefighters, sex addicts, and gamblers. In his title story, Davidson introduces an afflicted boxer whose hand never properly heals after a bone is broken. The fighter's career descends to bouts that have less to do with sport than with survival: no referee, no rules, not even gloves. In "A Mean Utility" we enter an even more desperate arena: dogfights where Rottweilers, pit bulls, and Dobermans fight each other to the death.



Davidson's stories are small monuments to the telling detail. The hostility of his fictional universe is tempered by the humanity he invests in his characters and by his subtle and very moving observations of their motivations. He shares with Chuck Palahniuk the uncanny ability to compel our attention, time and time again, to the most difficult subject matter.
 

About Craig Davidson

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Craig Davidson lives in Iowa City, Iowa. His stories have been published in The Fiddlehead, Event, Prairie Fire, and SubTerrain. He has also written horror fiction under a pseudonym.
 
Published November 17, 2006 by W. W. Norton & Company. 257 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by Mina Holland on Nov 03 2012

The beauty of Rust and Bone lies in the author's ability to make poetic what is intrinsically hostile or distasteful...

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