Published Books


The Farther Shore (Bear Star Press, 2012)
ISBN: 9780979374593

“Davidson is a wonderful writer, a real find. There are a lot of writers out there who can put a story together and make the surfaces of their work gleam. What is special about Davidson’s stories is something else altogether. He has the ability to make you care deeply about his characters. They become, for all their occasional quirkiness, as real as the folks next door.”
—Steve Yarbrough, author of Safe from the Neighbors

“The superlative story ‘Criminals’ is layered and old-fashioned, if there is such a thing. It immediately distinguishes itself by being patient and operating by way of the reluctant voice. [Davidson] is tolerant of the real ambiguities we muddle through to be human. ‘Criminals’ is a good big story and I recommend its nuanced pleasures to your healthy attention spans.”
—Ron Carlson, author of The Signal

“A good short story collection ought to teach us about those sometimes tangly moments that comprise the fabric of the everyday, and it ought to make us curious about the lives of the characters beyond the stories. Like a back-fence gossip, I find myself imagining what went before, and what comes after, for the deftly-drawn characters in The Farther Shore. And Davidson transports us utterly to the places where the stories are set. The last story—”Criminals” — wondrously displays his knowledge of the island of Carriacou, even as it disturbs. In this collection, the surface glitters and seduces, while the author takes you by the hand to a thorny, subterranean psychological realm where simple answers you’ve held dear may have to be relinquished. I could not put it down.”
—Patricia Henley, author of Other Heartbreaks

“Rob Davidson writes with humor and compassion about the things that matter most: the inevitable missteps of the heart, and our endless quest to set things right again.”
—Clint McCown, author of War Memorials

The Master and the Dean: The Literary Criticism of Henry James and William Dean Howells


The Master and the Dean: The Literary Criticism of Henry James and William Dean Howells (University of Missouri Press, 2005)
ISBN: 9780826215796

“Consistently intelligent, thoroughly researched, gracefully written…. This is an excellent study, probably the definitive study of the criticism of James and Howells.”
—John W. Crowley, author of The Dean of American Letters: The Late Career of William Dean Howells





Field Observations: Stories (University of Missouri Press, 2001)
ISBN: 9780826213341

Field Observations is a collection of short stories that excel in their lucidity of storytelling. Davidson writes in a sparse and often virtually transparent style that allows us to get deeply involved with these stories before we even recognize that just as we get to know these finely-drawn characters, they are changing before our eyes and recognizing that the wolrd is far different that they once imagined.”
Sycamore Review