A New York Times Book Review Editor's Choice.

"The stories in this outstanding debut collection [are tied together by] Tower's uncommon mastery of tone and wide-ranging sympathy creates a fine tension between wry humor and the primal rage that seethes just below the surface of each of his characters." – Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"This arresting debut collection of stories decisively establishes Mr. Tower as a writer of uncommon talent." – Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times

"Artful and funny and empathetic.  His fictional universe is a perfectly balanced little biosphere of violence and mercy, aggression and nurturing." – Sam Anderson, New York magazine

"A striking, often savage first collection of stories.  Tower's language is as compact and muscular as a wrestler's body." – Heller McAlpin, San Francisco Chronicle

"Tower writes about raggedy men, neglected boys, and quarrelsome Vikings who are down on their luck (if they ever had any).  But the stories are very funny, and surprising, and possess a rugged beauty." – Vendela Vida, Vanity Fair

"Tower seems incapable of writing a boring description.  A crackling, head-turning debut." – Jonathan Miles, Men's Journal

"It sometimes feels as if there's nothing Tower can't render in arresting fashion.  His prose is a welcome reminder that the first job of the fiction writer is to introduce the reader to worlds both new and familiar in ways they wouldn't have arrived at on their own." – Jim Ruland, Los Angeles Times

"Wells Tower's stories are written, thrillingly, in authentic American vernacular--violent, funny, bleak, and beautiful.  You need to read them, now." – Michael Chabon, author of The Yiddish Policemen's Union and The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay