In Shane Hinton's debut collection, gritty Florida realism collides with the absurd, and paternal fears materialize in surreal scenarios.
A young Shane Hinton catalogs his dead pets. A father-to-be Shane Hinton combats roving pythons in the suburbs. Yet another Shane Hinton throws a barbeque for all the Shane Hintons he's met on the Internet and fears his wife might leave him for one.
Hinton, a father of three, inserts himself into these fictions as a way of confronting personal anxieties. "It's cliché to say that one thinks of writing as therapy," he says, "but I think these stories represent an exorcism of intrusive thoughts."
In "Intersection," a father struggles to protect his frightened family from cars that keep crashing into their home, while in "Driving School" he's imagined as a vehicular menace. "Fumes" portrays a father crippled by a rabid dog, bedridden and unable to play catch with his son or help his wife pay the ever-growing medical bills.
A sharp commentary on the mundanity and absurdity of modern life, Hinton's stories explore the horrors of death, abandonment and insurance agents with spare prose and deadpan humor. The world of Pinkies is a terrifying and hilarious introduction to an unflinching new voice.
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Table of Contents
All the Shane Hintons 025
Never Trust the Weather Man 035
Four Funerals 039
Low Octane 077
Nobody Loves Mr. Iglesias 085
Driving School 091
Bell Creek 103
What People are Saying About This
The stories in Shane Hinton's Pinkies wriggle with volatility. Bracingly unpredictable, they'll slip out of your hands if you're not careful. Here is all the absurdity and latent dread of life, but funnier, stranger, more potent. Kevin Moffett, author of The Silent History
Shane Hinton's writing is terrifically smart and coolly cerebral, and full of quietly reserved, understated power. He treats the despair of the essential human condition with strength and dignity. A remarkable new young American writer, whose talent is likely to become progressively more vital and profound in the years to come. Mikhail Iossel, author of Every Hunter Wants to Know
Shane Hinton's Pinkies is weird, and it is wonderful. This debut collectionin which the everyday is always extraordinaryreminds me of fiction by Joy Williams and Mary Robison, and also of movies by Charlie Kaufman. If that sounds like ridiculously high praise, then good: Pinkies deserves it. Brock Clarke, author of The Happiest People in the World
Shane Hinton's fiction is the visceral kind that you feel with your whole body, and it makes me want to cry through my laughing and cringing. I don't know a better compliment to give a writer. Jeff Parker, author of Where Bears Roam The Streets
If Kafka got it on with Flannery O'Connor, Pinkies would be their love child. Lidia Yuknavitch, author of The Small Backs of Children