Hallelujah Station and Other Stories (Paperback)
North Carolina author M. Randal O'Wain's second collection (his first fictional collection) shows us a smattering of down and out southerners in the manner of Cormac McCarthy and Flannery O'Conner. One of the best young voices in the South.— Jason
M. Randal O’Wain’s debut short story collection, Hallelujah Station and Other Stories, introduces readers to a wide and diverse cast of characters struggling with and responding to changes and loss. These gritty and poignant stories follow the tragic parts of life, the pieces that may neither start nor end in comfortable resolution and the pieces that make up complex realities. In the first story, a former drug dealer reflects on a life-changing decision he made years ago that ended up hurting the person he most wanted to protect. Later in the collection, we meet a would-be robber who turns out, in strange ways, to be the hero. O’Wain’s characters are often deeply flawed or totally lost, but in each instance, these traits serve to reveal the characters as real, compassionate, and, ultimately, human. Sprinkled with humor and heartache, O’Wain’s stories bring us into contact with the curious, the tragic, and the authentic.
About the Author
— Daniel Wallace, author of "Big Fish"
— Ashleigh Bryant Phillips, author of "Sleepovers"
— Juliet Escoria, author of "Juliet the Maniac"