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NAMED ONE OF THE MOST ANTICIPATED BOOKS OF SUMMER 2018 BY O Magazine, Entertainment Weekly, New York Post, The Millions, Southern Living, POPSUGAR, The Wall Street Journal, Chicago Review of BooksPraised by the Washington Post as "Tennessee Williams . . . transposed to the twenty-first-century South," Nick White returns with a stunning short-story collection that tackles issues of masculinity, identity, and place, with a sharp eye for social commentary and a singular handling of character.At first glance, the stories in Sweet and Low seem grounded in the everyday: they paint pictures of idyllic Southern landscapes, characters fulfilling their roles as students, wives, boyfriends, sons. But they are not what they seem. In these stories, Nick White deconstructs the core qualities of Southern fiction, exposing deeply flawed and fascinating characters—promiscuous academics, aging podcasters, woodpecker assassins, and lawnmower enthusiasts, among others—all on wildly compelling quests. From finding an elusive bear to locating a prized timepiece to making love on the grave of an iconic writer, each story is a thrilling adventure with unexpected turns. White's honest and provocative prose will jolt readers awake with its urgency.
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Praised by the Washington Post as "Tennessee Williams . . . transposed to the twenty-first-century South," Nick White returns with a stunning short-story collection that tackles issues of masculinity, identity, and place, with a sharp eye for social commentary and a singular handling of character.

At first glance, the stories in Sweet and Low seem grounded in the everyday: they paint pictures of idyllic Southern landscapes, characters fulfilling their roles as students, wives, boyfriends, sons. But they are not what they seem. In these stories, Nick White deconstructs the core qualities of Southern fiction, exposing deeply flawed and fascinating characters—promiscuous academics, aging podcasters, woodpecker assassins, and lawnmower enthusiasts, among others—all on wildly compelling quests. From finding an elusive bear to locating a prized timepiece to making love on the grave of an iconic writer, each story is a thrilling adventure with unexpected turns. White's honest and provocative prose will jolt readers awake with its urgency.
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        April 15, 2018
        A first collection of short stories by newcomer White (How to Survive a Summer, 2017)."How well can you know a person?" That question, posed by a therapist, provides a mantra for White's stories, set in Mississippi and, within its confines, the South of people who are "educated and practical, mostly Southerners with quasi liberal leanings," to say nothing of a former Miss Mississippi who "came out as a lesbian years after her reign." The opening story, "The Lovers," recounts a different kind of love story, a bisexual triangle that operates in all its awkward effort at casualness until the apex "got himself killed in a plane crash, and shit got complicated." As with much literary fiction, the scenario pushes at the edges of probability but seems plausible--especially in the possibility that that educated, practical, liberal cohort, forming the audience for the ostensibly wronged wife's podcast, consists of all the dead man's former lovers, which "would make her, like, the ultimate fag hag." White verges on fable with the next story, in which a man already in a very bad situation faces down the karma that just might be visited on him by a passing cottonmouth: "It braved to skim across his neck, and Pete could sense each of its tiny ribs as it treaded across his skin, rubbing his flesh like sandpaper." A highlight is the title story, a fine exemplar of lower-class yearning, in this case to make a fortune as a country music star guided by a slick Svengali: "They're all so whiney," says the would-be star of the models he's guided her to, to which he replies, "Whiney sells." There's little whining here, but all the adultery and unrequited longing and even a dead dog needed for a country hit are present. A bonus: White's unapologetic homage to William Faulkner, known here as "the Author," turned into an industry by the little town that once shunned him as a boozy menace.Work that bears the promise of good things to come.

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        Starred review from April 23, 2018
        White’s brilliant first story collection (following the novel How to Survive a Summer) peels back the curtain on masculinity and identity in the Deep South. The stories are split into two parts—the first features misfits reeling from death, disillusionment, and trauma, while the second captures angles of aspiring writer Forney Culpepper’s life. Each illuminates sympathetic characters who feel painfully out of place, throwing the strangeness of their circumstances into sharp relief. In “Gaitlinburg,” a couple’s vacation in the Smoky Mountains is shadowed by the threat of a bear wandering the area—plus something more sinister—which exposes the relationship’s fault lines. “Lady Tigers” finds high school–aged Rusty serving as bus driver for a girls’ softball team formerly coached by his deceased father, until an accident reveals secrets linking him to one of the players. And in the title story, a young Forney watches his mother pursue a long dreamed-of singing career with irritation, until her performance at a cigarette smoke–choked club opens his eyes to her in a novel and terrifying way. White’s stirring stories probe the inextricable ways people’s identities are bound to and shaped by their environments, and what happens when they attempt to rise above. This is an atmospheric and expertly crafted collection. Agent: Noah Ballard, Curtis Brown.

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        May 1, 2018
        Set mostly in the Mississippi Delta and redolent of the South, White's 10 fine stories are often melancholy. Happy endings are largely fugitive, but the people who populate the stories are worth knowing, especially Forney Culpepper, who looms large in six linked tales. Readers first meet him when he's 10, and his widow mother decides to resume her singing career, interrupted when she married his father. She leaves him to be raised by his aunt and gay, fabulist uncle in the rambling, tender story The Exaggerations, arguably the most lighthearted story of the bunch, though even it ends on a sad note. Readers watch Forney grow up to be a college student and wannabe poet, to fall in love, and to become a frustrated teacher and, finally, an often-bitter father. Aside from mood and tone, many of the stories share a commonality in the presence of gay characters and fine, evocative writing ( the heat is so thick it has texture and personality ). Ultimately, White's world is harsh but informed by kinds of love that will touch readers' hearts.(Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2018, American Library Association.)

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At first glance, the stories in Sweet and Low seem grounded in the everyday: they paint pictures of idyllic Southern landscapes, characters fulfilling their roles as students, wives, boyfriends, sons. But they are not what they seem. In these stories, Nick White deconstructs the core qualities of Southern fiction, exposing deeply flawed and fascinating characters—promiscuous academics, aging podcasters, woodpecker assassins, and...
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