In Shane Hinton's debut collection gritty Florida realism collides with the absurd and paternal fears materialize in surreal scenarios.
A young Shane Hinton catalogs his dead pets. A father-to-be Shane Hinton combats roving pythons in the suburbs. Yet another Shane Hinton throws a barbeque for all the Shane Hintons he's met on the Internet and fears his wife might leave him for one.
Hinton a father of three inserts himself into these fictions as a way of confronting personal anxieties. "It's cliché to say that one thinks of writing as therapy " he says "but I think these stories represent an exorcism of intrusive thoughts."
In "Intersection " a father struggles to protect his frightened family from cars that keep crashing into their home while in "Driving School" he's imagined as a vehicular menace. "Fumes" portrays a father crippled by a rabid dog bedridden and unable to play catch with his son or help his wife pay the ever-growing medical bills.
A sharp commentary on the mundanity and absurdity of modern life Hinton's stories explore the horrors of death abandonment and insurance agents with spare prose and deadpan humor. The world of Pinkies is a terrifying and hilarious introduction to an unflinching new voice.
Shane Hinton holds an MFA from the University of Tampa. He lives in the winter strawberry capital of the world. His fiction has appeared in Word Riot The Butter Dead Mule School Atticus Review & elsewhere.
"If Kafka got it on with Flannery O'Connor Pinkies would be their love child." &ndashLidia Yuknavitch author of The Small Backs of Children
"Shane Hinton's Pinkies is weird and it is wonderful. This debut collection&ndashin which the everyday is always extraordinary&ndashreminds me of fiction by Joy Williams and Mary Robison and also of movies by Charlie Kaufman. If that sounds like ridiculously high praise then good: Pinkies deserves it." &ndashBrock Clarke author of The Happiest People in the World
"Shane Hinton's fiction is the visceral kind that you feel with your whole body and it makes me want to cry through my laughing and cringing. I don't know a better compliment to give a writer." &ndashJeff Parker author of Where Bears Roam The Streets
"Shane Hinton's writing is terrifically smart and coolly cerebral and full of quietly reserved understated power. He treats the despair of the essential human condition with strength and dignity. A remarkable new young American writer whose talent is likely to become progressively more vital and profound in the years to come." &ndashMikhail Iossel author of Every Hunter Wants to Know
"The stories in Shane Hinton's Pinkies wriggle with volatility. Bracingly unpredictable they'll slip out of your hands if you're not careful. Here is all the absurdity and latent dread of life but funnier stranger more potent." &ndashKevin Moffett author of The Silent History