A good review from journalist Liane Casten
Founder and former president of Chicago Media Watch, author of non-fiction works, journalist, and activist Liane C. Casten wrote this review of Badlands. It is also on the Badlands: The book page.
A REVIEW OF BADLANDS BY THOMAS BIEL
Liane C. Casten
There’s a trace of Thornton Wilder’s “Our Town” in this series of short stories—the same people, the same town and the same glorious landscape that shapes so many of the characters. In story after story, we watch these boys grow up during a past era not too distant from now. They discover their own sexuality, their own morality, their connection to this special land, and their life-defining relationships to each other. It’s a coming of age series; we care about those boys and those they encounter. And we embrace this Montana town as we embrace the language, often startling in its beauty and imagery. This book is a mellow, rich read, satisfying to any lover of short stories.