by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

Reviewer Rating:
5

Review

Many famous people have visited the real-life Kentucky Club and just as many nameless people have died around this border bar. Conflict weaves together Sánez’s seven stories exploring the perilous border crossings in relationships. The stories are not easy. Sánez unfolds tragedy with forgiving empathy, leaving judgments or condemnation to the reader. If happiness or good things happen, they are bittersweet and born out of loss, personal salvation, or jagged love. Sound depressing? Sánez would say, "It's just life." Like Faulkner and Styron, Sánez left me jonesing for a stiff drink and a lit cigarette.

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