These stories, "Trilobites" and "In the Dry," by Breece D'J Pancake, promising author in the 1970s who committed suicide in 1979 at age twenty-six, are filled with rough folks, unresolved emotions from the past, recent or distant.
His great descriptions sometimes jar the storyline. For example, in "Trilobites," the story is moving along and all of the sudden a paragraph begins, "Just like the cups give me the creeps." What?!
These are stories to be read more than once for they are subtle yet packed with detail, emotion and history between the characters. Ottie, from "In the Dry," was involved in a car wreck and Buster was permanently disabled. The Gerlocks, cruel foster family, raised Ottie and blame him for the accident although he was not the driver.
Colly in "Trilobites" found his father dead in the yard from a piece of shrapnel that had moved to his brain. Trent is hounding Colly's mother to sell the farm for a housing development and Ginny went off to Florida leaving Colly behind. He is fascinated with fossils but is struggling to figure out his place in the world as well as his place in time and whether or not it means anything.