It's very refreshing to read this collection of stories about the Northeast (and a couple in Michigan, North Dakota) because these stories capture this area in a very fresh way. I compare this writer favorably to Richard Russo: Drummy is quirkier and not as neat as Russo, but in the end the stories make me laugh and cry about an area of the country I have a love/hate relationship with. They hit me harder than Russo.
"Dolphin" captures Buffalo/The Falls in a way that very few stories have. "Peretuck" has so many cliched elements, with football, love story, other stuff that would give the story away--but again it's fresh somehow. It's the voice, a funny, honest voice. "Apprentice" is the most extreme story, very funny, very sad, very bizarre, but I never stop believing in it. I've never read a story quite like it.
This is a good buy at 12 bucks, and the freshest read I've had in years. I guess I've said "fresh" about 10 times, and I guess that says it all.