Letting Loose The Hounds

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“Funny, unpredictable, and abounding with strange beauty . . . a fierce new voice of the American West.”—Outside
Exploding with an unsettling exuberance, Brady Udall’s stories traverse a geography of lost love, fragmented lives, and satisfying revenge. From the night a six-foot-three Apache Indian holding a goat steps into a moonlit Arizona backyard in "Midnight Raid" to the pivotal moment when a man, delirious from a dental extraction, gets rescued by a stranger in the title story, Udall injects his stories and ...

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Overview

“Funny, unpredictable, and abounding with strange beauty . . . a fierce new voice of the American West.”—Outside
Exploding with an unsettling exuberance, Brady Udall’s stories traverse a geography of lost love, fragmented lives, and satisfying revenge. From the night a six-foot-three Apache Indian holding a goat steps into a moonlit Arizona backyard in "Midnight Raid" to the pivotal moment when a man, delirious from a dental extraction, gets rescued by a stranger in the title story, Udall injects his stories and characters with equal parts darkness and humor. These are sad and sweet stories, moving from the familiar to surprising destinations. But even when disaster looms, Udall's fine comic sense sustains his men and women in their sometimes extravagant efforts to connect and cope. Plunged in the moment, these stories have velocity; they spray gravel as they take off.

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Editorial Reviews

The New York Times Book Review
Exhilarating or chilling . . . Udall’s stories can be as funny as they are dark.— Jim Shepard
Boston Book Review
Udall’s West emerges as a place of passion and despair without the mythic overtones of gunslingers and Marlboro men. It is a place filled with as much laughter as tears, and a place that I hope we hear from again quite soon.— Michael A. Elliott
Outside Magazine
“Funny, unpredictable, and abounding with strange beauty.”
Bloomsbury Review
There is a wonderful innocence in Udall's narrative voice, a risk and edge to these stories that make for delightful reading. ... Letting Loose the Hounds has a great deal of meat to it, nothing sliced thin and served on a bed of watercress.... Always under the surface, there is a raised eyebrow, a bit of laughter, and the wildness of a writer who understands his backyard and plays by his own rules.— Jeff Metcalf
Jim Shepard - The New York Times Book Review
“Exhilarating or chilling . . . Udall’s stories can be as funny as they are dark.”
Michael A. Elliott - Boston Book Review
“Udall’s West emerges as a place of passion and despair without the mythic overtones of gunslingers and Marlboro men. It is a place filled with as much laughter as tears, and a place that I hope we hear from again quite soon.”
Thom Jones
“One of the top writers of his generation. . . . Brady Udall’s stories, full of comedy and pain and trouble, carry a mighty kick.”
Pam Houston
“Brady Udall works with a whole lot of grace and an exquisite eye for detail. His characters find redemption in the utterly surprising places we suspected it lurked all along.”
Judith Freeman
“An irresistible performance.”
Jeff Metcalf - Bloomsbury Review
“There is a wonderful innocence in Udall's narrative voice, a risk and edge to these stories that make for delightful reading. ... Letting Loose the Hounds has a great deal of meat to it, nothing sliced thin and served on a bed of watercress.... Always under the surface, there is a raised eyebrow, a bit of laughter, and the wildness of a writer who understands his backyard and plays by his own rules.”
John Dufresne
“Brady Udall must have a wild and lonely heart. Nothing scares him, not emptiness or fallen hopes or silence, not the unsparing and fractured geography out there in the new American West.”
Clyde Edgerton
“Anybody who is very funny and writes, with love and a full heart, about goats, Whoppers, plastic deer, Mormons basketball, and nervous system disorders has got what it takes. Brady Udall has got what it takes, and thank goodness it doesn't break his heart to give it away.”
Pinckney Benedict
“Individually, Brady Udall's stories are exciting, hilarious, gripping, and usually a bit sad. Collectively, they make a work of great power, one that illuminates the usually darkened corners of the male character.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393335545
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/28/2010
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 1,302,444
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Brady Udall

Brady Udall is the author of The Lonely Polygamist, a New York Times bestseller, and Letting Loose the Hounds. He teaches at Boise State University and lives in Boise, Idaho, with his wife and children.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 2, 2002

    Great reading

    Brady Udall is a wounderful character writer. The only problem with this book is that it is short storys and you want more when you are done.

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