Kevin Wilson's debut short story collection, "Tunneling to the Center of the Earth," is perhaps one of my favorite short story collections of all time, and the same blend of absurdism, razor-sharp prose, impeccable detail, and unexpected heart is on display in "Baby, You're Gonna Be Mine." Wilson finds something to love in all his characters, even then most selfish, even the most outlandish, and writes them with such emotional honesty and depth and compassion that you can't help but love them too. Standouts include "Sanders for a Day," in which a young boy wants to dress as his dead brother for Halloween, and "Wildfire Johnny," about a man who discovers a razor that can transport him back in time - for a high price.— Lauren
In Baby, You're Gonna Be Mine, Kevin Wilson's first story collection in nearly a decade, Wilson combines his signature quirkiness with his keen eye for emotional complexity to explore the fraught relationship between parents and children.
"Wildfire Johnny" is the story of a man who discovers a magic razor that allows him to travel back in time. "Scroll Through the Weapons" is about a couple taking care of their underfed and almost feral nieces and nephews. "Signal to the Faithful" follows a boy as he takes a tense road trip with his priest. And "Baby, You're Gonna Be Mine," the title story, is about a narcissistic rock star who moves back home during a rough patch. These stories all build on each other in strange and remarkable ways, showcasing Wilson's crackling wit and big heart.
Filled with imagination and humor, Baby, You're Gonna Be Mine is an exuberant collection of captivating and charmingly bizarre stories that promise to burrow their way into your heart and soul.