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Another great story set in Kansas, Dodge City to be exact. The story takes place in a bar after a long days work at the slaughterhouse. Several characters meet almost daily at Doc's. There point of view is shifting but never confusing, smooth like William Trevor does. Naturally, there are some confrontations between workers, especially a guy who has carpal tunnel syndrome and has had to go on leave for a bit. It's the end of the line for him and he's desperate. It was interesting to learn about the hierarchy of the jobs in the slaughterhouse. It also highlights, without belaboring it, the difficulty of this kind of work and the maddening pace the workers have to keep. The author blends all of these details quite nicely. Even Sal's, Adolfo, from El Salvador, situation of escaping the civil war is included seamlessly as well as the forced movement of Native Americans. Well done.
"Good Men a Long Time Gone" was first published in American Short Fiction, spring 2015 and then included in Milward's collection, I Was a Revolutionary.
American Short Fiction