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The Poor Man's Guide to an Affordable,…

The Poor Man's Guide to an Affordable, Painless Suicide: Stories

by Schuler Benson

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    literary.jess: Both are comprised of short stories that are unapologetically gritty, featuring characters whose voices aren't often heard in popular literature.

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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0692251197, Paperback)

Twelve stories, fraught with an unapologetic voice of firsthand experience, that pry the lock off of the addiction, fanaticism, violence, and fear of characters whose lives are mired in the darkness of isolation and the horror and the hilarity of the mundane. This is the Deep South: the dark territory of brine, pine, gravel, and red clay, where pavement still fears to tread.

Contains interior illustrations by Ryan Murray and Patrick Traylor.


“Schuler Benson writes like the spawn of Chuck Palahniuk and Barry Hannah. While approaching his subjects with empathy, humor, and a keen eye for detail, he creates a world of snake-charming preachers, meth heads, and spurned lovers. This collection will make you laugh, make you anxious, and keep you turning the pages. Read this damn book.”
—Kody Ford, The Idle Class Magazine


“A Breece D’J Pancake of the plains, Benson writes with a hell of a knack for dialect. His characters are dirty, flawed, and all-too familiar. There are no heroes here. Yet in these stories, Benson manages to lift his people to another plane; someplace where they might achieve a little redemption.”
—Eric Shonkwiler, author of Above All Men


“Schuler Benson has a playwright’s ear for dialogue, a poet’s eye for scene, and a comic’s sense for when the sane is actually crazy, the crazy actually sane. The Poor Man’s Guide to an Affordable, Painless Suicide announces Benson’s place in the tradition of Wells Tower, Barry Hannah, and Mark Twain: here comes another great documentarian of the agonized and hilarious souls who inhabit Rural America.”
—Brian Ted Jones, Electric Literature


Find out more about Alternating Current Press at http://www.press.alternatingcurrentarts.com.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:23:49 -0400)

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