I so wanted to love this. I really did. William Gay writes beautifully, making it hard NOT to hang on every word, but the writing wasn't enough to save the work this time. Don't get me wrong, there's a lot of positives, but it simply felt incomplete and a little all over the place. My favorite part was the introduction focusing on Gay's life written by Tom Franklin. If only the entire book had been that fascinating. Oh well. On to the next one.