Battleborn: Stories is by Claire Vaye Watkins. Claire Watkins is the daughter of Paul Watkins, right hand man and procurer of women for Charles Manson. This collection of short stories contains a fascinating story about growing up in "The Family". It is a powerful collection of stories all set in the American West. Her characters endure hardship and violence and somehow manage to survive and overcome. From the Gold Rush to Vegas, to a story set at a desert brothel, Watkins' storytelling is powerful and moving. This is definitely an adult collection, but it is well worth reading and thoroughly enjoyable.
Ratings: Adult - 10 out of 10 - P (profanity) - V (violence) - AC (mature thematic content).