A couple excerpts:
"The stories in "The Spoils" primarily concern Midwestern men, navigating imperfect relationships as husbands or fathers, searching for self-worth in their various careers, and struggling with grief, loneliness and masculinity....We glimpse these characters making decisions — both good and bad — and dealing with the consequences — mostly bad. Pycior reminds us with insight and empathy that while we are all broken in different ways, we are all broken."
"The characters in one story question the value of communal mourning, while the men in other stories struggle with the weight of loneliness and isolated grief. Different fathers deal with different failures, but the spoils are the same in all their wars."
"The stories contain passing references to both the Drive-By Truckers and Tom Waits, which is certainly fitting for Pycior’s tone and gritty lyricism. With the right melody and catchy guitar riff, The Spoils could easily work as an excellent album by either artist."
The full review is here.