A collection of truly brilliant short stories, each depicting the deeply personal experience of a universal or historical event. Momentous fiction from the best American writer of his generation.
A group of housewives smoke cigars and play cards whilst a tornado approaches a west Texas town. An Asian-American medic bicycles through the Vietnam countryside with her husband and son and returns to the spot where she once held dying soldiers. Or a young rockabilly aficionado prepares for a date in a Ukranian village close to Chenobyl. The words of Beatles songs sung in a Cambodian work camp.
Cullin's ability is to miraculously create moments of true pathos which distill important human experience into a single hair-raising image. I can honestly say they are the best stories I have ever read, they are chillingly good and I have utter conviction that this is a great writer.
Mitch Cullin was born in 1968 in New Mexico. He is the author of four novels: Whompyjawed (1999), Branches (2000), Tideland (2000), a film of which is now in production directed by Terry Gilliam, and The Cosmology of Being (2001). He has been the recipient of many awards and honours, including a Dodge Jones Foundation grant and a poetry fellowship from The Arizona Commission of the Arts.