A gently paced story set in a small town in the Deep South in the early 1940s, Yard Man in many respects resembles Saul Bellow’s The Adventures of Augie March.
The open-heartedness of the protagonist, Judas Cain, and his ability to discern human worth beneath a tarnished reputation also call to mind Forrest Gump.
But Judas Cain descends more directly from the most iconic vagabond in American literature, Huckleberry Finn. Only, unlike Huck, Judas Cain lit out for the territory a long time ago. The questions in his case are whether he can find his way back, and if so, how long he’ll stay.
—Michael Jennings, Author of Ave Antonina
Chris Helvey's short stories have appeared in numerous reviews and journals, and he is the author of Claw Hammer, A Gathering of Stories, and two novels: Whose Name I Did Not Know and Snapshot. Chris lives and writes in Kentucky and currently serves as a writing coach and the editor in chief of Trajectory Journal.