Synopses & Reviews
Whiskey Days is the second full-length collection of memoir-driven works by Kentucky native Tommy Gaffney. Both the short stories and the poems in this volume invoke the emotional high wire of an author writing without a net, veering between the humorous and the abysmally raw that lay on either side of his narratives. The results this time show the growing maturity of both the scribe and the man and offer an intelligent conversation with the bar room professor on the stool beside you.
"Underneath the whiskey there's a great poet here. 'Grass Stains' and 'The Man Who Sold the World' alone are worth the ride." Willy Vlautin, author of Motel Life and Northline
"Sometimes poignant, sometimes funny, always bleak, Whiskey Days speaks from the place Tommy Gaffney came from, a saloon that lies between the projects and the trailer park." Barbara LaMorticella, author of Rain on Waterless Mountain
"Huck Finn is back. He's sweet, smart as hell, and he's packing a rod." Dennis McBride, author of Killing the Mockingbird and Looking for Peoria
Whiskey Days is the second book of poems and stories by Kentucky transplant Tommy Gaffney, a five-year veteran of the local writing community and long-time host of the reading at Tony’s Tavern. Gaffney begins where his first book, Three Beers from Oblivion left off, bridging the distance between his old roots and new home. The work is lit with the same bourbon tint and bluegrass drawl as always, though Whiskey Days shows the growing acumen of a more seasoned poet and storyteller.