By Peter Brown, George Guidall, Jefferson Mays, Robin Miles, Scott Sowers, Suzanne Toren, Recorded Books
The name, A shiny Soothing Noise, refers back to the sound that fireplace makes, promising not just light and heat but in addition violence and destruction. Brown’s maximum hero is Frank O’Connor, and prefer O’Connor’s his tales discover the ultimate bleakness of a countrywide existence yet within the related second glow with its promise of affection and existence and belonging. Brown’s americans will try out virtually whatever to attach. they have a tendency to drink an excessive amount of, to force too quickly, are a bit too violent of their passions or even a bit too non secular. Too frequently they suspect, they trust—and nonetheless they don’t, based no longer loads on what’s getting proffered as who’s proffering. they're continually at the verge of whatever higher. they just need a little extra, just a little an excessive amount of, and whereas we as readers wish with all our hearts for them to get it, we additionally worry they could. “This hugely enjoyable selection of tales has the scenic depth and caliber of Tennessee Williams's one-act performs. Meet a diversified solid of characters in unusual settings, and luxuriate in their provocative and witty company.”—Josip Novakovich, writer of April Fool’s Day: a singular and choose quantity 9: Katherine Anne Porter Prize in brief Fiction
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