Douglas Gunn is at home experimenting with the language and rhythms of prose. His fiction works the way a mind works, the way it talks to itself, the way it sees the world, and, especially, the way it hears. The result is an intricate style that allows insignificant events to explode with meaning.
Douglas Gunn's narratives may disturb and perplex your expectations of what language should be doing. They are meant to: Gunn has something else in mind for language. But stick with it. You'll soon find yourself listening to variations of structure that approximate the way a mind works, the way it talks to itself, the way it sees the world, and, especially, the way it hears.
The characters most compatible with Gunn's concerns are the ordinary citizens of unofficial America. These men and women must endure the disparity between the instability in their lives and the rigid "common-sense" structures of official ideology and conventional language.