In Daddy’s, Lindsay Hunter writes beautifully about ugliness, lovingly about the seemingly unlovable. The subjects in this unique collection of short fiction run the gamut of all that frequently goes unspoken or unexamined, it is a catalog of hidden, desperate lives and quiet cries for help. Among the most memorable of these cries is a short piece titled “The Fence” in which a lonely woman discovers that the only way she can make herself feel anything is to wear her dog’s shock collar as she nears the boundary between her property and the world beyond. Elsewhere, Hunter’s characters struggle in similar ways — with creepy older brothers, abusive fathers, and a host of hidden dangers that lurk like rusty fishhooks in every corner of this engaging if frequently disturbing collection.

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