Advance praise for Bones Buried in the Dirt:
"David Atkinson's book, Bones Buried in the Dirt, is a wonderfully linked collection of stories that concerns itself with the tough, harsh lessons of childhood learned from a neighborhood stew of kids, moms, dads, cousins, siblings, and assorted neighbors. The stories are all told in an up close and breathy voice, that somehow feels as sticky as the kid Peter's hands must be, and it is a voice that is completely irresistible. Atkinson has cornered for himself a certain territory here and no one has ever done it better. This book is a little chiseled gem." Patricia Lear, author of Stardust, 7-Eleven, Route 57, A&W and So Forth.
"In Atkinson's character, Peter, David has captured the rhythms of childhood—its innocence and its desperation. Bones Buried in the Dirt is a gem: an unsentimental, unflinching, and unsettling look at one child trying his damndest to master the baffling world." Amy Hassinger, author of Nina: Adolescence and The Priest’s Madonna.
"Atkinson does not flinch, even as he tells the stories that make you wince to read. His ability to offer the reader what feels like the real experience of childhood rather than the recalled experience, results in a collection of stories so unfiltered by nostalgia and unmitigated by the safety of time and distance that they are, each and every one, chillingly funny." Karen Gettert Shoemaker, author of Night Sounds and Other Stories and the forthcoming The Meaning of Names.
"Flannery O’Connor once said that anyone who has survived childhood has enough to write about for the rest of his life. Readers who have survived perfectly “normal” childhoods will find moments they recognize in David S. Atkinson’s novel, Bones Buried in the Dirt. Convincingly narrated at the start by six-year-old Peter—a kid who faces daily obstacles to emotional survival without ever crossing the street or leaving the block—Bones Buried in the Dirt reminds us how unjust, dangerous, and bewildering the world of perfectly normal childhood can be."—Mary Helen Stefaniak, author of the novels The Turk and My Mother and The Cailiffs of Baghdad, Georgia, winner of the 2011 150 Anisfield-Wolf Book Award for Fiction