Praise for In The Devil’s Territory

devilcoverfinalIn the Devil’s Territory is a brilliant and electrifying debut from one of America’s best young writers. Filled with grace and wisdom, Kyle Minor’s bold, compassionate stories burn deep into the eternal
mysteries and violent truths of the human experience with the force of a welding torch cranked to the max. I would walk through Hell to be able to write like him.”
– Donald Ray Pollock, author of Knockemstiff

In the Devil’s Territory is an extravagantly good book.
Dealing with the uneasy transactions people make in family and companionship, its six stories chart the wide scope of human possibility, from brutality to complicated redemption, and achieve a precise, crucial compassion. Kyle Minor’s talent is rich and deep, and this book will not be soon forgotten.”
– Erin McGraw , author of The Seamstress of Hollywood Boulevard

“‘The San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl Party,’ which opens the collection, is Minor at his best–a powerful story about a man overcome with guilt, worry and resentment as the health of his wife and their unborn child hangs in the balance. Minor has a knack for capturing melancholy and establishing empathy for his book’s many wayward characters.”
– Publisher’s Weekly

“In Kyle Minor’s dark debut collection of stories, personal secrets always exact a terrible price — sometimes worse than the events that motivated them. In the novella “A Day Meant To Do Less” — violent, agonizing, and the centerpiece of this collection — nine-year-old Franny gets assaulted in the tobacco fields near her Kentucky home. She is chased, pushed, pissed on, forced to take her older cousin’s penis in her mouth. She grows up, tells no one, buries it deep. But as Minor shows in fantastic, horrifying detail, buried truths can bubble up in strange, nightmarish ways.”
– Nina MacLaughlin, Boston Phoenix