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Stiff [KINDLE] ❆ Stiff Author Steve Hughes – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk With a hearty helping of Detroit grit the stories in Stiff pay homage to a city turned upside down by economic abandonment Steve Hughes pushes the boundaries of realism creating situations that seem o With a hearty helping of Detroit grit the stories in Stiff pay homage to a city turned upside down by economic abandonment Steve Hughes pushes the boundaries of realism creating situations that seem odd and otherworldly In his Detroit witches cast spells to improve their husbands chickens grow from seeds and house painters with anger management issues declare themselves poet laureates The characters in Stiff are all searching for something in each other a certain wholeness or understanding a place to rest and call homeHughes writes with great empathy about people who are struggling with their lives In Ripening a man and woman in an illicit affair witness their genitals leaving their bodies for a rendezvous In Dexter's Song a drug addicted saxophone player meets a bored suburban woman who gives him her ex boyfriend's sax which unleashes a series of disasters but the instrument is so fine so perfect that when he holds it to his lips he can do no wrongReaders of contemporary fiction will enjoy this inventive and evocative collection of stories.


5 thoughts on “Stiff

  1. Sean Kottke Sean Kottke says:

    Get the dirty rebus on the cover? That's what you can expect from the stories therein Ripening is a prototypical story erections infidelity a surreal physical manifestation of lust Don't get me wrong; I'm always up for some naughty reading but there's something off putting in this collection of post modern Penthouse Letters One story Dexter's Song even co opts the classic I didn't think this would ever happen to me line The shortest stories are the most satisfying I really dug the opening tale but several ramble on mundanely without a hook The final story has a poignancy that's undercut by an incomplete framing narrative a male gaze teen lust fantasy and characteristic of all the stories my literary pet peeve no uotation marks to signal speech and changes in speaker The poet Edward Hirsch described poems as messages in a bottle and they won't wash up on every reader's shore Ditto for nearly every other kind of writing A few of the bottles in this collection landed on my beach spectacularly while many floated on in search of a different reader to cherish them


  2. Kristen Wellman Kristen Wellman says:

    I really enjoyed reading STIFF The stories alternated between funny melancholy gritty and thoughtful Yes some of the stories are a bit out there but they are also very interesting If you are a Michigander especially from the Detroit area then these stories will speak to you even Steve Hughes is a good writer so even if the stories are too weird people can appreciate the uality of the writing


  3. Artguy Artguy says:

    This book of short stories are a little naughty a little funny a little poignant and a lot about Detroit and one of its treasured neighborhoods Hamtramck Every story ranges from a few pages to 14 so you can enjoy this is short bursts or finish the whole thing in an evening And what an evening it would be Get your cheap beer play a scratchy record and enjoy


  4. Brian Bruno Brian Bruno says:

    Very different stories I like the raw grittiness of them Easy to get into and they move at a nice fast pace


  5. Joe Ohlenbusch Joe Ohlenbusch says:

    Odd collection of short stories that really felt like I needed to be drunk or high to enjoy I really only enjoyed two


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