Strolling like a possum through neighborhood yards, Sherrie Flick takes it all in: the paperboy seduced over a glass of milk; the dinner prepared for a dead man; the boy on the foyer floor considering a spray of yellow paint. In Whiskey, Etc., it’s the particulars that draw you closer—the stained coffee cups, curled-up dogs, wood–burning stoves and canoes snug in their sheds—to a muddled loneliness housed behind crystalline windows. To follow Flick’s cowboy–possum saunter across these dazzling short (short) stories is to visit life, desperate and languid and dolefully funny, where it happens.
"Whiskey, Etc. by Sherrie Flick is a sharp–edged, intelligent, brilliantly written collection of short shorts by a writer at the very top of her game. One finds glimpses of Joy Williams here, but this is unmistakably Flick’s world, inhabited as it is with dogs & songs & whiskey & lovers. Of grace & undoing. The remembered & the remembering. This book took my every last breath away."
—Kathy Fish, author of Together We Can Bury it
"As readers and editors we love Sherrie Flick’s stories because her voice is so inviting. Whether we’re at her character’s kitchen table, hearing about random lovers or the troublesome husband, or her complicated social life full of caring but difficult siblings and friends—or riding hostage in her car down to the honky–tonk district, looking for trouble—we’re ready to listen and willing to believe. We trust Flick’s voice to bring us the news, for better or worse, but always the truth, like it or not. And like it we do.
—Robert Shapard and James Thomas, editors of Sudden Fiction, Flash Fiction, and the new
Flash Fiction International
"Sherrie Flick’s Whiskey, Etc. is finer than the best brand of whiskey. With its clean fridges, cooked eggs and fresh-brewed coffee, crickets, pistols, pies, this book will leave you singing like the birds inside it. Ms. Flick’s clean crisp prose with its refreshing style provides a delectable mix of tastes full of satisfying richness; each of these stories is like a memorable meal. And though Whiskey, Etc. is deliciously intoxicating and addicting, it is also sobering, full of heart, and real.
—Kim Chinquee, author of Oh Baby, Pretty, and Pistol