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Conditions Uncertain and Likely to Pass Away
Stanford's fiction resembles that of Carson McCullers and Flannery O'Connor, or the contemporary novelist Harry Crews, what we might loosely call the Southern 'freak' writing...Stanford's characters seem to move in some dark, viscous medium, as if damped, insulated from us and each other. Rather than parables or cartoons, each Stanford tale is like a flicker, stifled spark. ..."Tale" connotes the oral, something 'told'; these tales bring us voices in the darkness, echoes in echolessness.
--Richard Silberg Purchase Now