Lambda Literary Foundation reviewed Scott Alexander Hess's historical novel:
"Hess describes acts of violence and sexual acts with visceral acuity, never slipping into cliché or sentimentality as he maintains a sober and tense atmosphere. He keeps the reader in the moment, glued to the page, even when we want to look away. In the place of extensive self-reflection, each brother’s emotional life is centered around a dream, which permits lyrical imagery to emerge amid the hard-hitting prose."
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The Butcher's Sons
by Scott Alexander Hess
This darkly lyrical and violent family saga set in a butcher shop in New York circa 1930 tells the story about three Irish brothers, each struggling to find their role--to define their lives and express their dreams--amid the poverty of a broken home, alcoholic father, and the violent society of Hell's Kitchen. Dickie is guided by an almost animal desire to get what he wants and, as a fighter, is fearless in his pursuit of being respected by mobsters. Walt, the middle brother, romances a woman whose educated father sees the lad as gutter trash. Then there is frail Adlai, who finds himself on the most perilous path, an illicit affair with his oldest brother's best friend. The Butcher's Sons is an engaging read about desperate young men determined to do whatever they can to find something gilded amid the grime of old New York. A Kirkus Best Indie Book of 2015!
Hess has written for Genre Magazine and blogs for the Huffington Post. Hess lives in Manhattan with his boyfriend, shops at Barneys, and does not eat sugar.
Paperback, 256 pages