In Shane Hinton’s debut story collection, gritty Florida realism collides with the absurd, and fears of fatherhood materialize in surreal scenarios. In one story, Shane Hinton struggles to protect his frightened family from cars that keep crashing into their home, while in another he’s imagined as a vehicular menace. Father-to-be Shane Hinton combats roving pythons in the suburbs. Shane Hinton loves trash more than his own family. Shane Hinton throws a barbeque for all the Shane Hintons he’s met on the Internet and fears he might lose his wife to one. A sharp commentary on the mundanity and absurdity of modern life, the world of Pinkies is a terrifying and hilarious introduction to an unflinching new voice.
“Shane Hinton’s Pinkies is weird, and it is wonderful. This debut collection–in which the everyday is always extraordinary–reminds 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.”
–Brock Clarke, author of The Happiest People in the World
“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.”
–Mikhail 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.” –Kevin Moffett, author of The Silent History
“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.”
–Jeff Parker, author of Where Bears Roam The Streets
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, The Nervous Breakdown, The Good Men Project, and elsewhere.