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From the Place in the Valley Deep in the Forest

Mitch Cullin

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Fiction, Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

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. Cullin has received the Stony Brook Short Fiction Award and this collection has been compared with David Mitchell's Ghostwritten.

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Praise for From the Place in the Valley Deep in the Forest

  • Every time he focuses on the one character who can best tell of a larger tragedy. He finds the perfect narrator... brave, highly imagined fiction writing. - THE GUARDIAN - TODD MCEWEN

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Mitch Cullin

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.