Stories of the Southwest
By H. Lee Barnes
A collection of short stories, some about rites of passage, the others tales of people at crossroads, seekers and troubled souls, finding compassion in themselves or tothers or for some finding it nowhere. "The Mind is its own Place," which delves into the politics of race and land, is a story of outsiders finding one another in a community separated by generational hatred and biases. Three stories set in contemporary Las Vegas enter the lives of people who struggle to free themselves from self-imposed prisons of limitation. "Car Tag" tells of the reunion of two estranged brothers coming together on the day their thrid brother is to be executed. In the backdrop of the stories is the harsh landscape or the harsh urban world of the desert Southwest. These are tough, honest stories about believeable people and situations, stories true to the environment that created them.
Midwest Book Review
March 2003 issue
Talk To Me, James Dean: Stories Of The Southwest is an anthology of gripping short stories by H. Lee Barnes that collectively brings to life the desperate drive that pushes teenagers -- especially to the risky edges of survival. A compelling medley of pride, imagined immortality, and the cruel consequences of choices made without the wisdom of age, Talk To Me, James Dean is a vividly presented collection of individual gems which are showcased under one cover and engagingly entertaining, quite thought-provoking, and very highly recommended reading. H. Lee Barnes is one of those rare authors who seems able to touch the minds, invoke the emotions, and stroke the imaginations of his readers with a quite remarkable consistency from beginning to end.
Salt Lake Tribune
April 11, 2004
The West Under Cover: A compassionate quest
H. Lee Barnes, with the publication of Talk to Me, James Dean, establishes himself as one of the finest writers of short stories in the contemporary West. The 12 stories in the collection, his second, range from good to excellent...