In Mariah Rigg’s luminous collection of essays, All Hat, No Cattle, each image shines and speaks for itself—floating cottonwood seeds, a rats’ nest in the roots of a jabong tree, green onions sprouting in a windowsill. Settings become their own characters as the narratives move from Oregon to Tennessee to Texas. With skilled brevity and specificity, and utilizing a thoughtful range of narrative forms, Rigg explores questions around love and heartbreak, trauma, family, death, addiction, and more. As the collection unfolds and the details accumulate, each moment further expanding the book’s emotional and physical worlds, the concepts of love and longing are deromanticized, turned upside down, and ultimately made more beautiful with newfound nuance.
Includes the essays “Suspended,” “Gut-Punching,” “Linger,” “All Hat, No Cattle,” “Compressions,” and “Blessing.”