"The Outlaw Album" is Daniel Woodrell's first collection of short stories preceded by eight novels. It's a slice of life from backwoods Ozark territory, the setting for which he's known. His characters are violent, but you can't help but feel understanding for them. Woodrell’s novel "Winter's Bone" became a movie that was nominated for Best Picture at the 2011 Academy Awards.
Here's a collection of short stories that's risen to the literary forefront, thanks to its National Book Award nomination. The author of "American Salvage," Bonnie Jo Campbell, writes with unsettling grace.