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Book Rec: "Highway Man" by Eden Winters

It's my tentative plan to do several book recs in the next week or so, but this is of course contingent on my plans not going aft agley. This one has been on my mind for some time, and so here it is: my book rec of the day is the short story "Highway Man" by Eden Winters.

Short stories really are an art form, and this one has it down. It's hard to believe this is a short when you get done reading it for all that's packed into it. Washed-up rock star drifter meets hot, rangy cowboy is enough of a setup on its own, but there's an emotional through-line you don't want to miss. I'm not a big fan of angst because it's usual overdone; Winters gets that the way to do it is understatement, to let the characters' pain fill the empty spaces and speak for itself. The story is full of color and life and resonates long after the last page is turned on your e-reader.

Buy "Highway Man" today. You won't be sorry.



May. 27th, 2011 03:13 pm (UTC)
Totally doesn't hurt that the story was inspired by this song, either: