reviews and press

With an honest voice and abundant imagination, Rourks’ Southern gothic debut explores human kinship, violence, and isolation in rural Louisiana … These worlds, alive with both the nature of Louisiana and the empathy the author brings to each character, will leave you eager for more. An astonishing—often suspenseful, always compassionate depiction of humanity and the ties that bind us.                                                           


Set largely in and around rural Louisiana, Rourks’ bracing debut collection, a St. Lawrence Book Award winner, traces the lives of conflicted characters in moments of crises … 15 tightly drawn, gritty short stories illuminate isolation, uncertainty, and nearly stifled moments of hope.