Get ’em Young, Treat ’em Tough, Tell ’em Nothing
From the author of the acclaimed Pity the Best, a collection of new stories plumbing the depths of American laughter and evil.
Dark, profane and funny, yet ultimately humane, these ten stories are the latest and best of Robin McLean’s reports from the eternal battlefront that is the contemporary United States. Each is a snapshot of the political, racial and sexual undercurrents roiling contemporary life; each finds a way into the nerves and blood beneath questions of power, trauma and oppression. Taken together, these stories march under the banners of Love and War, though the men and women in them aren’t fighting a tangible enemy, but rather their own fear of slipping further through the cracks of their society.
Get ’em Young, Treat ’em Tough, Tell ’em Nothing marries the sardonic moral and political explorations of a Flannery O’Connor to the surreal wit of a Denis Johnson. It is a brazen State of the Union for a nation on the edge.