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The Low Desert by Tod Goldberg

The Low Desert

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The Low Desert by Tod Goldberg
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Feb 02, 2021 | ISBN 9781640093362

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“Tod Goldberg is a terrific writer, and The Low Desert is a smart, surprising page turner.” —Don Winslow

“The wild west is alive in The Low Desert, a collection of stories as brutal and compelling as the landscape itself.” —Brad Meltzer 

“By turn surreal, tragic, and darkly funny, the 12 stories in this exquisite collection from Goldberg hold up a mirror to the unique landscape of Southern California’s Inland Empire . . . With a cast of low-rent mobsters, drifters, and hardscrabble working stiffs, Goldberg does a brilliant job of revealing the underbelly of the area, past and present. These spare slices of literary noir are the work of a master storyteller.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review) 

“Like Mario Puzo, Goldberg understands that the way to write about organized crime is to write about the people who live in that world. Yes, they are criminals, but most of them aren’t villains. A sterling collection that showcases the author’s gifts as a storyteller.” —Booklist

“Tod Goldberg . . . has written a collection of stories that are keenly observed, wryly funny, and heart-wrenching in equal measure. If wisdom can be gleaned from taking a sharp look at the human impulse toward violence, then Tod Goldberg is one of this nation’s sagest storytellers.” —Attica Locke, author of Heaven, My Home

“Tod Goldberg’s stories are full of humor, pathos, and sharp knife-twists of plot and insight. Featuring best laid plans that have gone horribly awry, and heartbreakingly authentic characters broken by violence, longing, and hope, The Low Desert packs a heady, emotional wallop. More of this, please.” —Paul Tremblay, author of A Head Full of Ghosts and The Little Sleep

The Low Desert blew me away. It’s an astonishingly rich collection of stories–harrowing and hopeful, gritty and funny, elegiac and electrifying, and always, always, deeply human. Tod Goldberg has written a book that’s impossible to put down and impossible to forget.” –Lou Berney, Edgar Award-winning author of November Road and The Long and Faraway Gone

The Low Desert is a powerhouse. Each story is finely crafted and flawlessly executed–gripping, surprising, and satisfying. Goldberg finds humanity in what others overlook, beauty in what many ignore. He seamlessly marries violence and grace to understand both the root and the aftermath of crime. And in doing so he tells a damn fine tale over and again.” –Ivy Pochoda, author of These Women

“I’m a huge fan of Tod Goldberg, and these stories showcase all that I love best about his work—the wicked sense of humor, the razor sharp attention to detail and character, and the riveting momentum of a born storyteller. The Low Desert is a master class in how to write great Noir.” —Dan Chaon, author of Ill Will

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