The Wildflowers of Baltimore

The Wildflowers of Baltimore is tenderly elegiac and beautifully haunting. Once you enter the exquisitely vivid world of Rob Roensch's stories you can't help but see your own world with greater clarity.” —Jessica Anya Blau, Author of The Summer of Naked Swim Parties and Drinking Closer to Home

An extraordinary collection from a brilliant young writer. In The Wildflowers of Baltimore, Roensch manages to give us biting, tough realism, while leaving just enough space for the imagination to play, for his people to recover, and for real hope to take root. Reading this book is like strolling through a shared garden plot tended by Jayne Anne Phillips, Stringer Bell, and Manet.” —Patrick Somerville, author of This Bright River and The Cradle