Where All Things Flatten centers on Lead Belly’s—a bar in Toledo—and the workers who party, fight, love, escape, and hide out there. The stories focus on people who lead lives of raucous desperation. The collection is anchored in this one place and the people who pass through it. Their decisions impact everyone who comes along after them.
John Mauk's stories
are filled with magic, violence, and wisdom. Among the blessed and the cursed, the drunks and the perverts, you will meet a girl who can fly, a belligerent priest, and the son of a witch. There's something organic and essential, even inevitable, about these oddly shaped stories; it's as though they might have written themselves.
Bonnie Jo Campbell
Mauk gives us a world
you will find only here, only here until you set the book aside and go for a walk. Then you will begin to feel his world surrounding you. You will wonder if maybe, just maybe, what you have read has been there all along, just down the street, in aisle three at the market, or up there in that house at the top of the hill.