(from Tin House, Summer Reading 2008)
Outside the campers are bright purple laundry bins, molded-plastic porch chairs, and the deep black of Weber grills, which is what happens when Wal-Mart is your first responder.
Nonc is an excellent character, complicated and mysterious and identifiable in all the right ways. I guess I’m saying he’s real, or buyable. I bought him. This story’s got soul, and might only work if you’ve got a soul too. You gotta believe in the ending, that the last few pages could happen, for this story to work. Maybe it’s just because I believe in Nonc, but yeah, I bought that too.