This darkly comic short story collection focuses on ordinary people caught in all manner of conundrums, fiascoes, and legal turbulence, much of it their own stinking fault. Set mostly in Atlanta (capital of the "Dirty South"), Dirtyville Rhapsodies features everyday folks who overcome vice and personal tragedy, scoundrels so foul they attract news headlines, and the wayward souls who find salvation in society’s crevasses. (Named a "Best Book for the Beach 2013" by Men's Health magazine and "Top 10 Book of 2013" by Atlanta magazine).
“Josh Green has a fine grasp of how to bring the rhythms and idioms of everyday life into the art of storytelling, and the sustained verbal inventiveness of his prose brings a compelling power and authority to this remarkable collection.”
— Dr. Patrick Hayes, Oxford University, England
"These eighteen tightly plotted stories are a little unsettling and completely intoxicating, chock-full of dark, dark humor."
— Teresa Weaver, Atlanta magazine
“Green's crackling, true-hearted prose allows us to see behind the sometimes hilariously sorrowful curtains of his heroes' troublesome lives and re-discover for ourselves the potentially redemptive power of empathy.”
— Tom Noyes, author
“This collection feels like a modern American neighborhood ... Josh Green reports from the literary homeland with a lion’s heart and a steady hand. This fine book belongs on the shelf with any other collection published in recent years.”
— Charles McNair, Paste Magazine
“The stories in Dirtyville Rhapsodies display an already maturing talent and are a fine credit to the genre.”
— James Manlow, author
"In 'Dirtyville Rhapsodies,' the most unforgettable stories strike an improbable balance between sideshow, sermon and war cry, leaving the reader to mull its idiosyncratic characters. As every Atlantan knows, the accidents always make for spectacular rubber-necking."
— Tray Butler, Atlanta Journal-Constitution