Library JournalThis collection of 25 short stories highlights the ethnic diversity of California's Great Central Valley. Haslam (English, Sonoma State Univ.) portrays Hispanic, Armenian, Italian, and Native Americans as well as priests, unemployed Vietnam vets, and impoverished farmers. The characters are nearly all poor, nearly all undereducated, and nearly all male-though not all stereotypical. Haslam, who has published several other collections of short stories, from Okies (New West Publications, 1973) to That Constant Coyote (Univ. of Nevada Pr., 1990), has a gritty yet reflective appreciation for the land and for its often zany inhabitants. Appropriate for regional literature collections.-Mary Margaret Benson, Linfield Coll. Lib., McMinnville, Ore.
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