"These stories span a broad emotional spectrum, from coming-of-age angst to white-hot desire and heart-wrenching grief. Despite great diversity of themes and narrative personae, Geyer achieves an overarching unity through his use of serial characters and interlocked plots, capturing the grit and occasional glitz of the Lone Star State in a composite portrait enriched by tributes to such literary titans as Ernest Hemingway, Ambrose Bierce, John Graves and Virgil. Ultimately, though, the thread that runs through the entire collection is the author's concern with the effects of love—or its absence—in the lives of his characters. It's no accident that one of the opening epigraphs comes from First Corinthians. Word by word, page by page, Andrew Geyer creates a mosaic of faces, places, voices, and events that will linger, deep and luminous, in the minds of his readers long after they have closed the book."
Carol Coffee Reposa
2018 Texas Poet Laureate
"Whether it’s a cow horn necklace or a futon on fire, Andrew Geyer’s stories brim with details, a you-are-there involvement of the reader as witness. His puro-Texas characters assert themselves to strangers, drive fast, have their reasons, overextend, act within their code of honor. And Geyer has their talk down cold—the reader can ‘get it’ just by listening in."
Jan Seale, 2012 Texas Poet Laureate
author of Ordinary Charms
"Andrew Geyer is a contemporary master not only of the short story but of the story cycle as well. The powerful stories of Lesser Mountains are as seamlessly unified as the chapters of a novel; but unlike the novel, each story ("chapter") is complete in and of itself. One of Geyer's considerable strengths is the haunting realism of his characters which he achieves, in part, with stunning psychological insight and spot-on dialogue.
Lesser Mountains further solidifies Geyer's already distinguished achievement in fiction of the highest order. Highly recommended."
Larry D. Thomas
Member, Texas Institute of Letters
2008 Texas Poet Laureate