“Ray Trotter is a gifted writer. He knows his people, their place, and their language, and that combination makes for a collection that is at times laugh-out loud funny and other times deeply poignant. And Dogs to Chase Them is a winner.” —Ron Rash, author of Serena, Nothing Gold Can Stay, and The Caretaker
EastOver Press is proud to announce the publication of And Dogs to Chase Them, a debut collection of short stories by Ray Trotter.
In this collection, ordinary humans are pushed to do things in out-of-the-ordinary ways. Trotter has conjured a world of Southern hyper-reality in And Dogs to Chase Them: a good Christian woman who pushes a man down the staircase, “as final as flushing the commode;” a concrete deliveryman who ought to have double checked the address before he got out of his truck; and a man who enacts his revenge on the self-declared Queen of the Post Office.
Through a keen eye for detail, Trotter brings to life a world that is at once familiar and deeply odd, and creates characters that stay with a reader long after the book is closed.
“Ray Trotter’s great collection, And Dogs to Chase Them, brings to mind the great stories of Larry Brown. These are everyday, mostly blue-collar, characters, putting up good fights, skeptical of their situations, and true to their beliefs. Set mostly at the tail end of the Appalachians, Trotter’s gathered a passel of good, stubborn, often hilarious men and women who endure. I love this collection and recommend it highly.” —George Singleton, author of The Curious Lives of Non-Profit Martyrs and The Half-Mammals of Dixie
“Ray Trotter’s And Dogs To Chase Them is an intimate and nuanced portrait of mostly working class people struggling to survive and do better. Set in North Georgia and East Tennessee, these stories sparkle with insight into what it means to be human in a world that is often unforgiving but offers hope.” —Sybil Baker, author of Apparitions and Immigration Essays
Trotter is a writer living in Varnell, Georgia. And Dogs to Chase Them is his first book.