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Between Wrecks

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A trip to the salvage yard reveals infidelity and theft. An unlicensed entomologist celebrates his freedom with a compulsive liar while a manhunt ensues on the streets outside the bar. Packed with heart, honesty and humor, Between Wrecks offers a glimpse into rural life from one of America's keenest observers.

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I thought this was Singleton's best collection of short stories, but that thought was ruined by the last story: "I Would Be Remiss". This "story" was 80 pages of pure self indulgence written as acknowledgements If anyone in Singleton's creative writing class presented such a mess, I'm sure it would receive an F.
A collection of loosely linked stories set in the south, full of George Singleton’s trademark twisted humor. Stet Looper, a loveable loser, is a recurring character. He’s a perpetual and overaged graduate student (with 5 bachelor’s degrees) in a “low residency program in Southern Cultural studies at Ole Miss-Taylor.” In “Which Rocks We Choose” he’s looking for alternate history stories to satisfy his college mentor, who appears to work out of “Taylor Grocery and Catfish,” but has a difficult time finding any not involving southern racism or incest. It might be the most serious story in the collection, but without any drop in the humor quotient.“Tongue,” featuring two losers who clean rental cars, is a commentary on overblown fears of terrorism. “I Would Be Remiss” is what has to be the longest, at eighty pages, author’s acknowledgement, fictional or otherwise. A thesis about a black Vietnam veteran sushi chef who was eventually lynched, is being published, apparently as his editor’s revenge on her employer. It’s plain “No Cover Available: The Story of Columbus Choice, African-American Sushi Chef from Tennessee” is not going to be a best seller.Singleton’s stories are addictive due to his skill in mixing what should be despair, with humor and insight to create pure, serious thought provoking fiction.