Rust and Bone

Craig Davidson

05 January 2012
256 pages


In steel-tipped prose, Rust and Bone conjures up a world of hard-scrabble pugilists, fighting dogs, sex addicts and others held captive by their own bad luck and bad decisions. This is a debut collection that pulls no punches: characterized by bold insights and raw power, each story illuminates the darkness with moments of surprising redemption to build a humane and wholly gripping account of what it means to be on the margins.
‘Craig Davidson is a young author who already displays the sure-footedness of a seasoned pro, and the best of these tightly balled, arrestingly visceral explorations of machismo’s dark recesses uncoil with concussive power’ The Times
‘Stark oppositions often pack the punch in these gritty tales about American tough guys on the ropes . . . This salty collection more than whets the appetite’ Guardian
‘Now, here’s a writer who knows how to unsettle. This collection reaches in to the darkest places and is not afraid’ Herald