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Goodnight Nobody The word ordinary can be used quite frequently to describe certain aspects of Michael Knights stories in GOODNIGHT NOBODY --- ordinary people leading ordinary lives doing ordinary things The stories in this collection arent wrought with thick drama that seeps through the pages and there are no wild turns of events here These stories are quiet and unassuming yet even so have a richness permeating through them that makes the entire book somewhat powerful The collection is a tapestry with different topics and different kinds of people In Birdland a subtle romance an ornithologist tracks the migration habits of African parrots --- and is lured to the towns resident carver In Blackout there are two couples a downed power line a dead neighbor some miscommunication and night vision goggles In Killing Stonewall Jackson Confederate soldiers contemplate the man who sent them to the battle From India to Alabama Knight serves up characters that have bad luck from time to time but do their best to roll with the punches to believe in love and family and to trust that everything will turn out okay sometimes less than okay in the end At the beginning of one of the better stories in the collection Feeling Lucky Knight writes Midnight and Bruce Little was hunched against a pay phone under the awning of the Saint John Divine Hotel shivering with cold and dialing collect to Mississippi Its an ordinary scene and an ordinary sentence but he brings that scene into immediate focus and our burgeoning thoughts of Bruce Little quickly into view He spins stories out of such scenes and characters like Bruce Little run-of-the-mill people who lead run-of-the-mill lives yet nonetheless have a story to tell These toned-down and mellow characters however may not captivate readers who want something more out of their stories --- something snappy and sizzling that a TC Boyle or a Thom Jones might produce This
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