Back's stories are by turns funny, sad, dark,and suspenseful. Most of all she creates characters that evoke the feel and smell of the small town south. My favorites are Away which starts with "Molly Porter vanished from Willow Grove in the spring of 2011". The other is Lola where "Stiffs had a way of piling up at the Blue Note Lounge."
The book had been sitting in my stack for a while. I picked it up, didn't put it down til I'd read every story in the collection. Back's that good.