What's not to like about a short story collection getting all the attention?
Neil Smith's Bang Crash is a fine debut and he's done the necessary reading as well.
"He cites Aimee Bender, George Saunders and Amy Hempel as major influences and says he read voraciously while writing his book. “I have no academic background in literature,” Smith says, “so my schooling was reading other people's work.”"
Bang Crash has a couple stories that aren't up to the level of the rest, but that's a minor quibble.
He's got everything he needs to really make a mark. We have a few signed copies left.
Oh, and speaking of Saunders, this is out in paperback now.
Posted by Dave