Everything you need to understand or teach The Pedersen Kid by William Gass.
“The Pedersen Kid” is a short story by William Gass. It was published in Gass’ story collection, In the Heart of the Heart of the Country. The story follows a young man, his farmer father, and their hired hand as they investigate word of a dangerous intruder at the house of a neighboring farm. Along the way, they must negotiate the dangers of winter, the dangers of the unknown, and the hazards of their interpersonal squabbles. It explores themes of courage, uncertainty, and adulthood.