Nick White’s gorgeous story collection,Sweet & Low, is wonderfully woven from threads of identity, sexuality, family, and heartbreak. Characters are deeply flawed and unforgettable, burdened by secrets that often threaten their very existence.
These stories are rooted in the Mississippi Delta, where society seems a step or two behind “progressive.” People are stunted by loss, sometimes mourning a loved one, sometimes a part of themselves. Rumors spread. No one seems willing to face the truth; the cost of upending their reality is just too high a price.
The first half of the collection, “Heavenly Bodies,” focuses on the physical: people, bodies, and the desire to touch and be touched. Rosemary is mourning the loss of her husband, Arnie, in the lead story, “The Lovers.” She finds herself in a strange predicament when a young man, Hank, has a diabetic episode while trying to speak to her in the airport…
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