Award-winning fiction about a young couple's relationship on a failing cattle ranch.
Debra Di Blasi writes from the heart of the Postmodern American Gothic. She plumbs the depths of psychosexual repercussion and searing sentiment behind the region's parched, pitchfork-bearing façade. In Drought, Di Blasi dissects a young couple's relationship on a failing cattle ranch, allowing us to see all the subcutaneous mental and physical violence they endure. As unceasing heat kills the couple's livestock, Di Blasi focuses a science writer's exactitude and a poet's charged restraint on the human cost of rural tragedy. "Say What You Like" offers an even more ruthless examination of a couple's deep-seated pain. Pared down to short, numbered sections, the relationship of a nameless "He" and "She" is laid bare by Di Blasi's unflinching skill with the scalpel.
Suppose it never rained again. Would the earth become so dry, so hard, we couldn't bury our dead? Or would it simply crumble? Turn to a fine yellow dust which, when blown by the wind, would bury our dead for us? Bury us, too?
Ashes to ashes.
Dust to dust.