BOOK BIRTHDAY: “The End of the End of Everything” by Dale Bailey

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Happy Book Birthday to my colleague (we did a workshop together) Dale Bailey’s new collection of speculative fiction, The End of the End of Everything. His work is filled with poetic, Bradburyesque prose, keenly observed characters and inventive plots that range from time travel stories to alternate history to apocalyptic horror.

My author interview with Bailey will appear sometime soon.

STORY REVIEW: A Rumor of Angels by Dale Bailey. Magical-realist Americana

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The real star of this moody tale is the evocative, immaculately crafted language. At its heart, this is a simple tale that sets a coming-of-age story against the Great Migration during Dust Bowl days. The fantasy element, while essential to the story, is slight and belongs in the Magical Realist tradition of Ray Bradbury. The sense-of-place piece recalls the work of Willa Cather and John Steinbeck.