The official booklikes blog of author Caleb J. Ross.
William Gay stories are slow, methodical, language focused, and generally forego heavy plotting in favor of nuance. Imagine these stories slowly bubbling from the mouth of an Appalachian old man, occupying a rocking chair on the porch of an ancient backwoods cabin. These narratives, full of implied history and local folklore, are William Gay narratives.
So, obviously these stories aren’t fit for everyone. In fact, I’d say that even to those people for whom William Gay stories are fit, reading an entire collection becomes a bit laborious. My recommendation is to read a couple at a time, let them work on you, read a different book, then come back for a couple more.