Repairable Men
short stories by John Carr Walker

"John Carr Walker exposes his characters’ inner lives with stunning surgical precision. The stories in Repairable Men are sharp and terse, stories from an expert teller of tales that cut close to the bone and leave us wanting the next, and the next, and, yes, please, the next.”
—Lee Martin, author of The Bright Forever

"Walker’s unpredictable characters make you want to hold your breath. Whether it is tragedy, disappointment, or a grand obsession that propels them—and whether it is self-destruction or transcendence they’ll achieve—one thing is sure: you won’t be able to look away as they risk it all.”
—Marjorie Sandor, author of Portrait of My Mother Who Posed Nude in Wartime

“Through the dealings of everyday life, showing us real people doing the best they can to unravel their lives, [Walker] pulls off the toughest trick of all—revealing bits of ourselves to us. Don’t miss Repairable Men.”
—Pete Fromm, author of As Cool As I Am, How All This Started, and If Not for This

Set in the new American West, the stories in Repairable Men look at the small towns and rural farms where families stay for generations, newcomers never quite feel at home, and expectation and judgment are country neighbors. Trapped by dead-end work, hostile relatives, and the troubling legacies of their forebears, John Carr Walker’s characters are caught in the turmoil of seeking escape, forgiveness, and redemption.