A bush party leads to self-immolation. A cab ride ends in warfare. A squirrel is eviscerated. A universally impossible dare is accepted and proves not to be fatal. The weird kid triumphs. The stories in H. B. Hogan’s debut collection sizzle like butter on hot cast iron—they’re rich and dark and full of scrappy, sordid and sparkling humanity.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
H.B. Hogan’s cast of characters may not be very likeable, but we honestly couldn’t get enough of them. The author’s debut short-story collection mostly focuses on poor and working-class people, who are all stuck in different ways. Hogan doesn’t shy away from uncomfortable interpersonal moments or graphic descriptions of all sorts; you’ll want to take a break if you get to her squirrel story while eating. This Keeps Happening is a breath of fresh air—Hogan has a talent for keeping her stories entertaining and economical. At the end of each vignette, we were left wanting more.