"Jon Billman is a brilliant young writer with an astonishing range. These fresh and vivid stories are gritty, full of energy and humor, a sharp pleasure to read. Billman’s feeling for rural backcountry, his knowledge of wildfire, baseball, bad weather and treacherous human hearts, mark him as an important emerging writer."–Annie Proulx
"I think it’s the best collection of stories to come out of the American West in recent times. Jon Billman is very gifted–I look forward eagerly to what he does next."–Larry McMurtry
"An auspicious debut collection . . .this dream-breaking Wyoming proves
remarkably rich ground for Billman, who possesses an eye for the irony and
humor that sometimes flourish precisely because little else can."
—The New York Times Book Review
"The natural heir to flinty-eyed writers like McMurtry, Billman is lethally
witty and wonderfully perverse."
"An excellent debut collection . . . strikingly vivid. There are no sepia
tones here. The stories pulse with color, immediacy, and humor . . . even
when love fails, the characters enjoy a kind of exquisite loneliness, as
they extend the boundaries of an inner landscape."
—The Wall Street Journal