The only complaint that I have about Michael Knight's books is that they don't come out fast enough. But Eveningland, just as with the rest of his books, has been worth the agonizing wait. Knight is a writer as good and probably better than any in American letters living today. These stories are also as good as any written by past greats such as Fitzgerald, O'Connor, and Cheever. All set in a contemporary Mobile Bay anticipating a massive hurricane, the characters too are buzzing with the possibility of loss. The interior and exterior landscapes are masterfully drawn, sometimes funny. The emotional accuracy in these stories is heartbreaking and absolute. Knight is in the rare class of writers that is able to put into words the feelings for which, until now, we have no way to express. I have read these stories many times over and will read them again many more.— Kelly
"Michael Knight is more than a master of the short story. He knows the true pace of life and does not cheat it, all the while offering whopping entertainment."--Barry Hannah Long considered a master of the form and an essential voice in American fiction, Michael Knight's stories have been lauded by writers such Ann Patchett, Elizabeth Gilbert, Barry Hannah, and Richard Bausch. Now, with Eveningland he returns to the form that launched his career, delivering an arresting collection of interlinked stories set among the "right kind of Mobile family" in the years preceding a devastating hurricane. Grappling with dramas both epic and personal, from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill to the "unspeakable misgivings of contentment," Eveningland captures with crystalline poeticism and perfect authenticity of place the ways in which ordinary life astounds us with its complexity. A teenaged girl with a taste for violence holds a burglar hostage in her house on New Year's Eve; a middle aged couple examines the intricacies of their marriage as they prepare to throw a party; and a real estate mogul in the throes of grief buys up all the property on an island only to be accused of madness by his daughters. These stories, told with economy and precision, infused with humor and pathos, excavate brilliantly the latent desires and motivations that drive life forward. Eveningland is a luminous collection from "a writer of the first rank."(Esquire)
About the Author
Michael Knight is the author of the novels The Typist and Divining Rod, the short story collections, Goodnight Nobody and Dogfight and Other Stories, and the novella, The Holiday Season. He teaches creative writing at the University of Tennessee and lives in Knoxville with his family.