The Last Good Man
Set in the depressed industrial city of Lawton Falls, Massachusetts, the eleven short stories in this book offer a detailed portrayal of its characters’ secret lives. These cohesive stories follow the ethnically diverse group of characters in their bleak environment.
"Lyons fills his dusky landscape with a marvelous array of characters, all of them distinctly drawn, their dilemmas equally compelling. . . . The Last Good Man is less a collection of discrete stories than a cohesive portrait of a place and its people, and Daniel Lyons takes us on a rich and eloquent tour."—Boston Globe
"Showing an admirable capacity for depicting neighborhood life in a wonderfully varied ethnic spectrum, Lyons writes knowingly of his characters’ predicaments. . . . An unfailing eye for detail endows these captivating tales with perceptive psychological portrayals. An impressive debut."—Booklist
"A gripping and remarkably fine first collection . . . rich in detail and theme."—Kirkus Reviews