“Jim Ruland’s stories are dangerous things, full of grim human comedy. His sentences power along with raucous precision and his characters rarely fail to surprise. This is a wonderful debut.” --Sam Lipsyte
"Here's a writer with guts and heart and vision, someone to remind us of the possibilities of fiction. Big Lonesome is strange and exciting." --Chris Bachelder
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Giving the Finger book signing with Capt. Scott Campbell, Jr.
I took this photo of the pot yards during my trip to Dutch Harbor last year. Each crab pot is eight feet tall, weighs about 800 pounds and when fully rigged costs about $2,000. When the pots are not being used they're stored in stacks that resemble ruined cities, ghostly and beautiful.