The Outlaw Album by Daniel Woodrell
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...“The Outlaw Album” will still be required reading for Woodrell’s many admirers, and it will serve as a worthwhile introduction to those unfamiliar with his work.
-NY Times

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Twelve timeless Ozarkian tales of those on the fringes of society, by a "stunningly original" (Associated Press) American master.

Daniel Woodrell is able to lend uncanny logic to harsh, even criminal behavior in this wrenching collection of stories. Desperation-both material and psychological--motivates his characters. A husband cruelly avenges the killing of his wife's pet; an injured rapist is cared for by a young girl, until she reaches her breaking point; a disturbed veteran of Iraq is murdered for his erratic behavior; an outsider's house is set on fire by an angry neighbor.

There is also the tenderness and loyalty of the vulnerable in these stories--between spouses, parents and children, siblings, and comrades in arms-which brings the troubled, sorely tested cast of characters to vivid, relatable life. And, as ever, "the music coming from Woodrell's banjo cannot be confused with the sounds of any other writer" (Donald Harington, Atlanta Journal Constitution).
 

About Daniel Woodrell

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Five of Daniel Woodrell's eight published novels were selected as New York Times Notable Books of the Year. Tomato Red won the PEN West Award for the Novel in 1999. Woodrell lives in the Ozarks near the Arkansas line with his wife, Katie Estill.
 
Published October 5, 2011 by Little, Brown and Company. 177 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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NY Times

Excellent
Reviewed by Donald Ray Pollock on Jan 06 2012

...“The Outlaw Album” will still be required reading for Woodrell’s many admirers, and it will serve as a worthwhile introduction to those unfamiliar with his work.

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Above average
Reviewed by Tom Nolan on Oct 01 2011

Mr. Woodrell encourages readers to discern the blurred outlines of possible motives beneath official facts, and his stories often seem like palimpsests, with the deeds of generations overlapping...Such stories are not for the squeamish, but in the classical sense they evoke terror and, after a while, pity too.

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