Synopses & Reviews
The debut collection of an O. Henry Award-winning short story writer, Dogwalker
assembles its cast from society's misfits: the disabled and the blind, the hapless and the troubled, and all species of mutants including a giant slug that almost breaks up a marriage, a preponderance of three-legged dogs, and a family of circus freaks who look remarkably like cats. Here, too, are hexes, voodoo, refrigerated dead puppies, and an unforgettable game involving a chainsaw. The stories in Dogwalker
are narrated with surreal tranquility, with a pronounced lack of amazement at life's vicissitudes and an affable acceptance of its strangest circumstances.
With a pitch-perfect ear for dialogue and a sensibility as unique as his subjects, Arthur Bradford peels back a surface layer of depravity and violence to reveal a world of surprising gentleness, compassion, and innocence. In these twelve strikingly provocative and hilarious stories, he emerges as an utterly original new voice in contemporary fiction.
"Bradford's bizarre, species-crossing debut collection of 12 stories hits the mark with its singular characters and odd scenarios, its eccentricities blissfully unforced....Frank, good-hearted, slightly naive, almost childlike in its simple chronicling of events, it will engage the reader immediately." Publishers Weekly
"Arthur Bradford is very tall, but this does not seem to have hampered his writing. His perfect, perfect stories remain in your head....How can stories such as these be...so funny, so full of something like joy? These are questions we may never, ever answer. If you don't like Arthur's stories you are not my friend." Dave Eggers, author of A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius
"Bradford is a young writer with a very specific, deadpan aesthetic that will greatly appeal to some; the writing is unflashy but extremely sure of itself, and a few of the stories, especially 'Mattress,' are funny and thoughtful and perfectly successful on their own terms." Rob Walker, The New York Times Book Review
About the Author
Arthur Bradfords fiction has appeared in McSweenys, Esquire, and The O. Henry Awards Anthology. His first feature film, a documentary called Hows Your News?, is scheduled for release on HBO/Cinemax in spring 2002. He used to live in Austin, Texas, but now he lives in Vermont.