Trespasser -- Yard man -- World of gas -- Inventor, 1972 -- Solutions to Brian's problem -- Burn -- Family reunion -- Winter life -- Bringing Belle home -- Falling -- King Cole's American salvage -- Storm warning -- Fuel for the millennium -- Boar taint.
Yes, this collection of short stories is rather depressing - the subject of most stories is poor rural Americans (Michiganders, mostly). Campbell paints an incredible world of poverty, drugs and a culture I am not very familiar with, even though I may live geographically close to it. I applaud this author for bringing us these stories, even though they are hard to read at times. You feel it, you see it in your mind's eye, you are there with these characters. My favorite is " The solution to Brian's problem" where we see, in a heartbreaking way, how hard it is to escape a marriage to a meth addict. Stunning.
I was underwhelmed with this "starred review" award-winning book. It is well written, by a Michigan author, no less, and features great characterization, etc. But I found the stories rather boring, depressing, and too similar to each other.
My favorite short story in this book was "The Inventor, 1972."