Baby, You're Gonna Be Mine by Kevin Wilson

Baby, You're Gonna Be Mine

“Wildfire Johnny” is the story of a man who discovers a magic razor that allows him to travel back in time. “Scroll Through the Weapons” is about a couple taking care of their underfed and almost feral nieces and nephews. “Signal to the Faithful” follows a boy as he takes a tense road trip with his priest. And “Baby, You’re Gonna Be Mine,” the title story, is about a narcissistic rock star who moves back home during a rough patc...

Details Baby, You're Gonna Be Mine

TitleBaby, You're Gonna Be Mine
Release DateAug 7th, 2018
GenreShort Stories, Fiction

Reviews Baby, You're Gonna Be Mine

  • Chris
    A quirky cover, an odd book title, and the contents being humorous, troublesome and bizarre, yet reflective and absurd, all at the same time. The first page of the opening first short story was both hilarious and unconventional. I laughed out loud at the wit of the author and the outlandish situation that began unfolding at the start. That was probably the most comical; however, each short story is written exceedingly well and is meant to evoke a...
  • Beth
    I am calling right now that this is going to be my favorite short story collection of 2018. Wildfire Johnny, in particular, was amazing. These have a slight nostalgic feel, and a lot of them probe family relationships. They reminded me a little of Wells Tower.
  • Caitlin Gutilla
    DNF @ 44%. I’m not sure if it’s because I tried listening on audiobook and I’m just not that kind of person, but I really wasn’t digging these short stories. Just not my jam.
  • Katie
    I have so far loved everything I have read of Kevin Wilson's, but I have especially loved his short fiction. Tunneling to the Center of the Earth was full of somewhat odd situations (sometimes even a little bit magical) that are dealt with by ordinary people. Families are always at the center. This collection is no exception. Baby, You're Gonna be Mine is compulsively readable, often truly funny, but also full of longing, family conflict, loss, l...
  • Ctgt
    Probably more like three stars but Wildfire Johnny was worth the price of admission while A Signal to the Faithful and Sanders for a Night were both strong stories as well.In Wildfire Johnny a young man stumbles on a razor that can transport you back in time 24 hours......if you slit your own throat. Fantastic story.A Signal to the Fauthful is a story of a young boy who suffers several fainting spells while participating in a church service as a...
  • Story❤
    3.5 stars. A well-written and acutely observed collection of stories, with the first one being by far the best. In fact, it was so good, so darkly humorous and touching, that the rest of the collection suffered by comparison.
  • Monica
    I am not a regular short story reader. They always leave me wanting more or less. This collection felt complete in the oddness, realistic, and not so realistic.
  • Jamie
    There were a few stories I liked a lot, and all of them were interesting, but none that blew me away.
  • Diane
    A strong collection of stories about relationships—parent to young child, parent to struggling adult child, child to parent in trouble, sibling to sibling (+nieces and nephews), even priest to young boy (not what you think). I was partial to stories of man/woman relationships that made me think “How on earth did Kevin Wilson come up with this?!”: Wildfire Johnny, in which the protagonist (Mr. Lonelyhearts columnist) is able to slice his thr...
  • Robert
    Kevin Wilson wasn’t on my radar until my good friend told me to stop reading whatever I was reading and read “Wildfire Johnny”. I did, and now I’m telling you the same. Stop whatever you are reading and read this book. Wilson’s collection of short stories are brilliant, brilliant, brilliant. Each of these short pieces contains the emotional depth of entire novels. These pieces are savage, devastating and hilarious. Wilson builds stories...
  • Arielle
    I really enjoy Kevin Wilson's writing, but what I most enjoy about it is the weirdness and absurdity that he leans into so comfortably. This collection had some of that, but the stories were largely set in a world that felt relatively normal, and many of the stories were far more grounded than what I expect from Wilson. To me, that existence (with some exceptions) in the real world felt like an absence of what I look to Wilson for. All that to sa...
  • Bradley Rettler
    This is a collection of short stories that considers several kinds of love, and what would happen if people who loved each other in those ways were put in high-pressure situations. In principle, it’s a phenomenal idea, and nearly every one of the situations is riveting. So each story sucks you in immediately. But some are executed far better than others. The titular story goes almost nowhere, but I could imagine myself in the main character’s...
  • Keith Rosson
    One of the best story collections I've read in the past few years. Blisteringly funny at times, compact, unafraid to get relentlessly dark. Just one of those books that make me think, "Damn, I wish could write like this," while also thinking, "Damn, I'll never be able to write like this," while also just appreciating what a great writer Wilson is. Also, the story "Scroll Through the Weapons" totally made two people I know cry, and I'm one of them...
  • Brittany M.
    Wildfire Johnny is one of Wilson's best stories yet. The protagonist is given the ability to go back in time 24 hours, but he must slit his own throat every time he uses it. Very weird and interesting. Lots of other good stories too, but one star taken off because they started to feel just slightly repetitive towards the end.
  • Betty
    This is probably the best collection of short stories I’ve read in a long time. I’m funny with short stories- I get so attached and involved with the characters and plot that when one story ends I need some time before I can move onto the next story. And I usually begin the next story holding a grudge that it isn’t the last story. I know I’ve found an excellent collection when every single story is incredible. Some collections have a few ...
  • Bob Lopez
    Man. This dude is a great author--weird, simple, funny, stylish, complex, tender, mystifying...but, at least for these stories (I wasn't too fond of his previous novel), never errant, never wasteful. In two of these stories, the descriptions of grief and personal relationships were so powerful I wept. Great great stories.
  • Sarah
    This is such a mixed bag-- I absolutely loved some of the stories and others felt like failures. It's worth checking out, though, to get the following winners: "Wildfire Johnny;" "Sanders for a Night;" and "Baby, You're Gonna Be mine." I'm still a big Kevin Wilson fan, although with each book I'm getting more worried for him. Did something awful happen to him and his family or is he just exploring the feelings that might go along with catastrophe...
  • Laurie Buchanan
    Had I ever done drugs, this book might have appealed to me on some level. But I never have, so I simply couldn't relate—at all. In fact, the stories seem senseless and reckless. Though well written, the book just isn't my cup of tea.
  • Nanta
    Ann Patchett is someone who's taste in books I completely trust and after listening to her rave about this book in multiple forums I had to pick it up. I was not disappointed, this short story collection is really completely original with such consistently engaging stories. The stories are all raw, striking and unwavering in their grittiness and gaze. The stories deal with love, longing, conflict and uncertainty and the characters and situations ...
  • Marie
    I loved Tunneling to the Center of the Earth and of course, The Family Fang. This collection I found to be kind of boring.
  • amelia
    Kevin Wilson is so, so good at creating deliciously uncomfortable scenarios. These stories were darker or genuinely more sad than what I associate with his writing, but I found them moving and often lovely.
  • Kristina Robbins
    Very ok. Nothing really drew me in.
  • Nihilistic Librarian
    A wonderful collection of short stories, alternating between magical realism and heartbreaking vignettes.
  • Jamie
    This is the best collection of short stories I've read since Jordan Harper's Love and Other Wounds, and you all now how I felt about that one! Each one was unique - if there was a through plot, it would be "quirky" or "smart people foolish choices" but both of those things undersell how outstanding each story in this book is."Signal to the Faithful" is one of the best short stories I've ever read. About an altar boy who passes out in church, and ...
  • Liz
    This book is a collection of short stories, deftly written, each story drawing you in from the first sentences. Quality writing. Characters - all so different, but all intriguing. He makes even the mundane sound so compelling. Enjoy the ride.
  • T.C.
    I love everything Kevin Wilson has done. "Johnny Wildfire" is my favorite by far, although "Scroll through the Weapons" is a good one too!
  • Bryce
    This is Kevin Wilson’s fourth book. Second anthology. I enjoyed this one but Tunneling to the Center of the Earth is much better. There were some deeply, disturbing stories in Baby You’re Gonna Be Mine that lacked the whimsy of the more disturbing stories in Tunneling to the Center of the Earth. Favorite Stories:A VisitSanders for a NightWildfire JohnnyThe Visit was triggering. Stories about altar boys and priests get my hackles up. The fact ...
  • Laura
    If I had a Facebook status with this book it would be ... It's Complicated. One of the problems was my expectations; I thought the stories would have a thread of humor running through them. Yea, I wouldn't quite put it that way. The stories were all engrossing, well-written and I was surprised at how quickly the author was able to flesh out characters in each of the short stories. All the stories dealt with relationships, mostly parent to child, ...
  • Jeff
    Engrossing storiesFirst time I’ve read by this author and I enjoyed his writing. These stories are compact - sparse is not quite the right word but the lack of minutiae serves the format well and the talented author draws us into the characters lives with the details of their internal, emotional lives rather than the external details of who they appear to be. The author’s general focus is on the parent-child relationship - even in the story w...