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"James D. Wright is extremely adept at creating characters and worlds for them to live in."
--Tara Wray, Land-Grant College Review
"James Wright's stories are compelling--his vision and imagination fresh."
--Gordon Kessler, author of Jezebel and Dead Reckoning.
--W. Steven Hathaway, Past National Endowment for the Arts Fellow
"James D. Wright provides wonderful images in his narrative and paints the scene superbly. His characters are real and the reader is right there with them. I anticipate great things from this author."
--Steven Law, ReadWest Online Magazine (www.readwest.com)
Posted March 24, 2005
This is only the second book I have ever found that gives an honest and unapologetic look at life on the high plains (the first being 'That Old Ace in the Hole' by Pulitzer winner Annie Proulx). 'The Middle of Somewhere' is short, about nine or ten stories, but covers a wide range of lifestyles and perspective in the lives of people from the Panhandles of Texas, Oklahoma, eastern NM and Colorado, and western Kansas and Nebraska. There is some historical fiction here, but most of it is about contemporary ranch and small-town life. Wright proves that people out here have the same struggles as everyone else, and he examines the ways the unique semi-desert environment affects these folks as they make their way through life. A strong, heartfelt effort by this author.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 25, 2005
I admit that I have an affinity for the geography of the Plains states. That aside, James D. Wright's collection of short stories is a great read. Yes, the locale of the Plains is presented magnificently in all its starkness and its richness, but Wright goes far beyond with his gripping tales. He offers a wide variety of stories for an area that many dismiss as boring and monochromatic. His tales go from 1800s Old West to the modern day rodeo rider. They cross ethnic boundaries to give a cross-cultural portrait of America in the middle. And they contain gripping stories with strong, vivid language and description. Take my word for it. Get this book, and get immersed in the High Plains.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.