The themes woven through The Woman in the Oil Field involve action and passivity and the different perspectives they inspire. Tracy Daugherty's characters walk the margins of life; seeking the safe periphery from which they assess their friends, lovers, and relatives who lead real lives. Daugherty treats perspective and insight as topics in themselves.
“Daugherty, author of two novels, What Falls Away and Desire Provoked, shows himself to be a skilled practitioner of the short-fiction form in this, his first collection. These tightly structured stories, set in the South, exude a sharp, gripping intelligence while navigating the treacherous shoals of familial and romantic relationships.” —Publishers Weekly
ABOUT TRACY DAUGHERTY
Tracy Daugherty was born and raised in Midland, Texas. He is the author of four novels, four short story collections, a book of personal essays, as well as biographies of Donald Barthelme and Joseph Heller. His stories and essays have appeared in The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, The Paris Reviewonline, McSweeney’s, Boulevard, Chelsea, The Georgia Review, Triquarterly, The Southern Review, and many other journals.