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Sweet and Low by Nick White

Sweet and Low

Sweet and Low by Nick White
Jun 05, 2018 | 304 Pages
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Praise for Sweet and Low:

“Nick White’s Sweet and Low made me work. It subverted this reader’s expectations again and again, leading me down improbable Southern roads, down novel, half-hidden paths that were strange and familiar all at once. At each story’s end, I found myself in a surprising moment, his characters springing wholly from the page, achingly real.  I wanted to separate myself from his people, to qualify his southerners, his lovers, his fighters, his abusers, his outcasts and victims. I wanted to judge them, but in the end, I found myself immersed in the narrative with them, all of us gasping, frustratingly flawed and human, achingly real. Read this collection, and let Nick introduce you to all the people you never were and still could be. Read this collection, and let him break your heart.”
—Jesmyn Ward, author of National Book Award winners Salvage the Bones and Sing, Unburied, Sing

Sweet and Low is a masterpiece collection, and White is a virtuoso of voice. The poignant, dry wit of these stories–imagine if Faulkner wrote an episode of “The Golden Girls”–will have you falling in love and cackling. But it’s the reckoning honesty within each tale that will truly melt your spine. Prepare for all your feelings to be snatched and then returned to you, purer and wiser. This is a book you can’t help but clutch to your chest.”
—Alissa Nutting, author of Made for Love and Tampa

“Nick White is a genius at engaging and exploring what I see as the central theme in the best literary fiction: the great “Who the hell am I?” His characters are always deeply in pursuit of self, and no matter what their surface differences might be from the reader, they will enchant you and touch you and may even change you. Sweet & Low is a brilliant collection of stories, and a truly important one.”
—Robert Olen Butler, author of the Pulitzer prize-winning A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain
“The stories in Nick White’s amazing collection, Sweet and Low, achieve this utterly brilliant feat of being distinctly Southern while also, somehow, continually exploding our understanding of the South. These are such open-hearted stories, every line an act of grace, populated with characters who become beautiful in their flaws. Few writers could achieve this kind of generosity, this kind of love for the stories that they tell, and Nick White is, thank god, one of those writers.”
—Kevin Wilson, author of Perfect Little World

Praise for How to Survive A Summer:

“Clear and moving, revealing White’s talent in evoking the complexities of the rural South.”
Publishers Weekly

“Packed with story and drama … If Tennessee Williams’s ‘Suddenly Last Summer’ could be transposed to the 21st-century South, where queer liberation co-exists alongside the stubborn remains of fire and brimstone, it might read something like this juicy, moving hot mess of a novel.” 
—Tim Murphy, The Washington Post

“White’s book looks squarely at these movements and these communities ruled by ignorance and fear, and approaches them with a level of nuance often missing from work by writers or pundits who either have never lived in such communities, or who escaped them at the first chance they were given. Yet what makes White’s novel feel so urgent and so fresh, is the startling compassion he evinces for the place on which it centers, the effort that is made to give breadth and humanity to a part of the world both he and his book’s narrator are from, and by which both of them were unavoidably shaped.”
—Rolling Stone 

“White’s debut, in the spirit of the lush and multi-tiered storytelling of a writer like Alice Munro, and the Southern decay of William Faulkner, also has all the schlock of a B-horror movie … in a true Southern fashion, the pathways of blame are long and twisted and trauma stretches back generations.” 
—Nathan Scott McNamara, LA Review of Books

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