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.
─KIRKUS STARRED REVIEW
Diversity Book of the Week
Focused on finding slivers of light in the darkness, this short story collection set along the Gulf Coast follows its flawed and sympathetic cast of characters as they struggle to survive against stacked odds
The collection is set along the Gulf Coast, where the natural beauty of the environment and the fragility of characters suffering with sickness, poverty, and mental illness combine with the harshness of their reality, resulting in unforgettable stories of impossible strength in impossible places.
─AMERICAN BOOK REVIEW
With sticky fingers, Moon Trees and Other Orphans claws at the edges of your clothes, forcing you to take in every boarded up building and broken down boat you’ve allowed your eyes to skim over as you’re ‘just passing through.’ Enter willingly into the desperation and dark humor of Rourk’s sparse genius.─RAIN TAXI REVIEW OF BOOKS
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.