the late season - Stephen Hines


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Well, I talked about it enough, so I'm happy to announce it is finally here- my debut collection of short stories, the late season, published by Tangerine Press.

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Three editions are available. A deluxe, signed with art:

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a signed HB with print by Jeff Brouws:

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and a trade paperback, with cover image by Jeff Brouws:

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Pricing and further info here.

The trade paperback is also available at your friendly neighbourhood Amazon website, but buy from an indie bookseller if you can. Use abebooks!

Read a review here, if that's your thing.
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d gray

tried to do his best but could not
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that's great. i've been struck by his writing since i first read that story about the dog. and "honeymoon" really stayed with me as well. in kind of ha

good luck - hopefully you'll get the bigger audience that you deserve.

d gray

tried to do his best but could not
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in kind of ha? what the F?

sorry, i meant to say that the story stayed with me "in kind of a haunting way."

Black Swan

Abord the Yorikke!
Reasons why I can't sit... is brilliant and touching. Each story becomes a favorite.
Read it on the Seoul train and kept making little weird sounds like little gasps and muttered wows.
I am sure my neighbours wished it was in Korean.


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I believe that's what the kids call a rave review.

I haven't had a chance to read the book yet, but I look forward to it.


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It took me six months to get around to reading this, and now that I have read it, I truly regret waiting that long.

I'm sure you'll take this with a thousand grains of salt, considering Mr. Hines is one of the people who runs this forum with me, but this book he's written is a god damned work of art. I read a lot of books, and I've written a word or two, and I can tell you that it takes something really special to get me to even take notice. But this book had me in awe on just about every page. Great artists make it look easy, effortless, and that's the way this reads, but I know that creating something like this isn't really effortless. It's a lot of work and a lot of craft, for lack of a less pretentious word.

I'm terrible at describing why I think a book is great, but this book is great. It's like a Bob Dylan album - you know, one of the good ones. A song will start and you're thinking, "What the fuck is this song about?" but by the time it ends you're on the floor and you feel like you've just been sent through a car wash in a bathrobe.

If you love great writing that is drenched in soul and humanity, you have to get this book. Go buy it now. If you read it and don't think it's everything I've said it is, I'll buy your copy and give it to someone with a heart.
Kindness among friends, that's what I thought when I read all the praise above. But it wasn't kindness. Not at all. It was more like a recognition of greatness. Because The Late Season is an incredibly well-written short story collection which picked me up from the first sentence. There is beauty and there is space and there is humor. And much more. Kudos to Stephen Hines.
It's a strong work. Even though I had several of the stories from earlier releases, it was a must buy. And the lettered copies are really a work of art. Both our beloved hooch (just schmoozing the mods here; don't get carried away) and Mr. Curran do fine work.