View all 50 comments. What this book is, then, is the compilation o William Gay was a master, and if you haven't sampled one of his books, people - please do. If you've never read these other stories, this will not bother you, but I'm of a mind to stick to whatever and everything William Gay published before his death. Another recurrent theme in Gay's fiction is his preoccupation with "plain folk," such as carpenters and bootleggers, who are frequently the kin of the young men coming of age. Please email webmaster fantasticfiction.
I sensed he would have been someone worth knowing.
THE LOST COUNTRY, a posthumous novel by William Gay, reviewed by Michael A. Ferro
We are all changed, time cheapens us all. Gritty, dark with characters that you would go out of your way to avoid. The story is basically one of a journey homeward by a veteran, a sailor now released and meandering home to a frustrated sister and dying father. Billy Edgewater is trying to get home to his dying father. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. The descriptive writing is impressive though a little too ornate for my taste - and rather too much of it.
If you enjoy reading books set in the backwoods of America's Deep South with all that that implies, then this may be your cup of home-distilled whiskey. Read our current issuesubmitor write for Heavy Feather. Gay's South is as darkly violent and as dirt-poor as anything by Caldwell or O'Connor. White, the family of William Gay, and any others who tirelessly worked to find the missing novel and see it through to publication. As much as I did enjoy this story, it took me almost 4 months to read.