Country of Cold Reviews
"[T]he tone of the book is occasionally too wry for its themes, too self-consciously clever. Patterson is at his best when bringing out the natural poetry of the landscapes that fascinate him-at such moments he writes with the power of Russell Banks or Annie Proulx, with a gaze that both appreciates the beauty of the imagined scene and understands the socioeconomic complexities looming over it." - PW.
"A masterful debut short-story collection . . . . The stories are rich in event. . . but it's in characterizations that Patterson shines, capturing shades of ambiguity, uncertainty and small happiness with a deft touch." - Vancouver Sun.
"This book's unusual structure and accessible characters make it a compelling and absorbing read. Recommended for public and academic libraries." - Library Journal.
"The random adventures of life stitched together and explained with unconventional devices - that both do and don't work." - Kirkus Reviews.
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