Max Hipp - What Doesn't Kill You Opens Your Heart book [Cool Dog Sound]

Max Hipp - What Doesn't Kill You Opens Your Heart book [Cool Dog Sound]

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Great collection of stories from MAX HIPP, English Prof at U of Mississippi, and guitarist for Oxford's Preacher's Kids!

I know the whole Faulkner / Oxford deal but there is something about Mississippi and writers... This book is a collection of great tales of characters in tragic trajectories, lives lived half in the bottle, half on the street. Not a lot of happy endings, but true. Recommended!

Squarebound softcover, 185 pages.

Max Hipp is the last lost soldier of untenured working-class Southern Lit. Unapologetically grotesque, delightfully craven, derangedly horny, and unforgivably honest, What Doesn’t Kill You Opens Your Heart earns a spot on the shelf beside Dickey, Stanford Portis and Brown.  - Lee Durkee

Cool Dog Sound says
The characters in Max Hipp’s debut story collection howl with loneliness. They’ve reached the ends of their coping mechanisms and bank accounts and are making terrible life choices and trying to recover in the wake of them. We’ve got folks who can’t let go of the past, folks obsessed with sex and music, lovers stuck in dismal relationships, and clueless romantics who probably need their asses whipped. Heartbreak piles up like car crashes in the fog, and everybody just has to carry on like everything’s fine. These stories keep hitting the funny/sad notes, and with his scalpel-tip sentences, Hipp marches readers through the wringer, with great compassion for the lost and searching.

Max Hipp is a teacher, writer, and musician from Oxford, Mississippi. His work has appeared in, among others, Southern Humanities Review, Cheap Pop, SmokeLong Quarterly, and Black Warrior Review. He teaches literature and creative writing at the University of Mississippi.