Ordinary Handsome, et al.

Published works, synopses, and reviews. Thank you. Ordinary Handsome Fifty-seven years ago, a young man named Euart Monroe came back home. Only two people knew what happened to him. Years later, the man responsible for Euart’s fate is paid a visit. But is it Euart’s ghost? Or is it the boy grown up seeking retribution?Continue reading “Ordinary Handsome, et al.”

Now available in paperback

Fifty-seven years ago I killed a boy. Tonight, Euart Monroe walked into my room with a Mossberg 510 and a stained hobo mattress and fired a shot into my belly. It should have killed me right off, but he didn’t want that. He wanted me to know who pulled the trigger. *** I’m excited toContinue reading “Now available in paperback”

Revised cover

The big dreamers weren’t anywhere to be found in my bar that day. You know the kind, if you’ve ever been in a saloon. The big talkers who like to think they have life by the throat. If they were just a little luckier, or if fate was a little pluckier, they could improve theirContinue reading “Revised cover”

Simply Extraordinary – Misfortune and Strife in Steven Baird’s Ordinary Handsome

Originally posted on Crumpled Paper Cranes:
I first read Ordinary Handsome a little more than a year ago. Admittedly, I felt quite overwhelmed upon finishing the book, giving it a second, third, and fourth read. Not only did the book leave me breathing deeply, scouting for the aroma of old black tea, the imprisoning honesty…

Ordinary Handsome: An excerpt

Though it’s approaching two years since I published Ordinary Handsome, I still have deep affection for it. I still think of it as the benchmark of everything I’ve written since.  It’s the simple story of a thief, a mistake, a dying town, and the ghosts, real or imagined, that haunt the town of Handsome. IfContinue reading “Ordinary Handsome: An excerpt”

A Very Tall Summer

It was a very tall summer in 1957, and I’ll tell you why… And so begins the most terrible summer for Charlotte Windover. She and husband Jeremiah began a new life together surrounded by a wide expanse of a corn and sky. After years of brutal disappointment, she finally resolves to change her life. WhenContinue reading “A Very Tall Summer”

That deepest night

You met her at a roadside cafe just outside of Little Rock. It was two in the morning and you were on your third cup of coffee. You’d been hitchhiking for three days without much sleep. She was a waitress and you were her only customer. She took her cigarette outside and waited for youContinue reading “That deepest night”

burial

I won’t bore you with the details of the burial. Out of necessity, it was a shallow grave. I buried him where I laid him down. The trees were closely bunched together, but the earth was soft. It didn’t take me more than half an hour. He was so small. *** Excerpt from Ordinary Handsome: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00P46ZPA0

Fifty-seven years

Fifty-seven. Four syllables, ten letters. Literally a lifetime of years, more than half a century in those four syllables, ten letters. It seemed cruel that cancer was going to take him out so late in the game. It should have happened sooner. When he left Handsome this last time, he was going to park hisContinue reading “Fifty-seven years”

Reviews for A Very Tall Summer

Two reviews for A Very Tall Summer have come in. Both are very generous and encouraging, and of course much appreciated. From Diana: “I purchased this book after reading Baird’s novel Ordinary Handsome, which I highly recommend. A Very Tall Summer is another unique tale, full of ghosts that Baird introduces at his leisure asContinue reading “Reviews for A Very Tall Summer”