Haints Stay

Haints Stay

Book - 2015
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Brooke and Sugar are contract killers without a contract. Bird is the 13-year-old boy who mysteriously appears in their camp one night, with no memory and palms as smooth as stones. For miles, there is only desert and wilderness, and along the fringes, people. It's only a matter of time before the sheriffs will find them. Before the canniblas and stampedes and marauders will find them. Before the past will clamber up from where they buried it, covered in animals skins and teeth.
Publisher: Columbus, Ohio : Two Dollar Radio, [2015]
ISBN: 9781937512323
Characteristics: 212 pages ; 20 cm.


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Aug 15, 2016

If you liked Portis' "True Grit" or deWitt's "The Sisters Brothers" you'll like this.

Aug 13, 2015

According to Urban Dictionary, a haint is a ghost, apparition, or lost soul. The western may be a quintessential American genre, but few serious writers have tackled it. In our own time, Cormac McCarthy stands as the undisputed master of the modern/revisionist western and "Blood Meridian" is his brutal masterpiece. He casts a long shadow and it feels inevitable that a younger writer tackling the genre will be compared to McCarthy. Colin Winnette's "Haints Stay" has more in common with another recent western, Patrick deWitt's "The Brothers Sisters" and with Jim Jarmusch's surreal "Dead Man." Winnette should be commended for attempting to work with the genre, but the book does little new and feels studied and overly self-aware. The great contemporary American western novel remains unwritten.


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