In Rick Barthelme’s latest book, a college art teacher in Southern Mississippi starts hanging out with his students. His prose is razor sharp as ever, even as the characters tread familiar territory. Garth made it into the book, and the observations about the funeral are dead on–as is everything else, really. The precision here will thorw you into serious self-doubts. After Rick, everything else seems sloppy as hell.

New York Times Book Review