The Spot is an old blacksmith shed in which three men tweeze apart the intricacies of a botched bank robbery.
The Spot is a park on the Hudson River, where two lovers sense their affair is about to come to an end.
The Spot is at the bottom of Niagara Falls, where the body of a young girl floats as if caught in the currents of her own tragic story.
The Spot is in the ear of a Manhattan madman plagued by a noisy upstairs neighbor .
The Spot is a suburban hospital room in which a young father confronts his son's potentially devastating diagnosis.
The Spot is a dusty encampment in Nebraska where a gang of inept radicals plot a revolution.
The Spot draws thirteen new stories together into a masterful collection that shows David Means at his finest: at once comically detached and wrenchingly affecting, expansive and concise, wildly inventive and firmly rooted in tradition. Means's work has earned him comparisons to Flannery O'Connor (London Review of Books), Alice Munro, Bob Dylan, Jack Kerouac (Newsday), Hemingway, Sherwood Anderson (Chicago Tribune/NPR), Denis Johnson (Entertainment Weekly), Poe, Chekhov, and Carver (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel), but the spot he has staked out in the American literary landscape is fully and originally his own.
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Means's stories are largely set in the blighted heartlands of the Midwest.Nov 03 2010 | Read Full Review of The Spot: Stories
So that while four short story collections over the course of nearly twenty years, short story collections of exceptional quality, should have made David Means something resembling if not a household word at least a name bruited about by aspiring writers in writing workshops, writing program...Sep 01 2014 | Read Full Review of The Spot: Stories
The tale is a riff (one speculates) on "A Good Man Is Hard to Find," and in particular on the villain of O'Connor's story, the Misfit, who bestows on a self-centered old woman a final, clarifying grace in the panic of her violent death.Aug 13 2014 | Read Full Review of The Spot: Stories
Book review: David Means is back with a collection of short stories in The Spot – thoughtful, graceful stuff with each begging for your individual attention.Oct 27 2010 | Read Full Review of The Spot: Stories
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