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Greetings from Below (Mary Mccarthy Prize in Short Fiction)

David Philip Mullins David Means June 23, 2020

Greetings from Below (Mary Mccarthy Prize in Short Fiction) David Philip Mullins David Means Winner of the Mary McCarthy Prize in short fiction, selected by David Means Winner of the University of Nevada s Silver Pen Award Mullins writes about these journeys, and about sex and the desert, with a wonderful, edgy lucidity Greetings from Below is a remarkable debut Margot LiveseyWhat would have become of Nick Adams if he d been born along the ragged edges oWinner of the Mary McCarthy Prize in short fiction, selected by David Means.Winner of the University of Nevada s Silver Pen Award Mullins writes about these journeys, and about sex and the desert, with a wonderful, edgy lucidity Greetings from Below is a remarkable debut Margot LiveseyWhat would have become of Nick Adams if he d been born along the ragged edges of a new American city, one with churches per capita than any other, and twice the suicide rate Meet Nick Danze, the main character of David Philip Mullins s vital debut collection, Greetings from Below The opening story finds fourteen year old Nick and his pal Kilburg sitting in the Las Vegas desert, drinking whiskey from Kilburg s fake leg It s the first of many shocks in Nick s sexual education, which begins with a kiss from Kilburg he calls practice In later stories, Nick hires a call girl, visits a swingers club on Christmas Eve, obsesses over obese middle aged women, and meets the love of his life, Annie, only he s not sure he loves her and he s compulsively unfaithful Ashamed of his behavior, he stubbornly repeats it And lurking behind it all is Vegas, with its gilded casinos, neon tinted suburbs, and dingy, outer ring strip clubs In Nick s wounded honesty and queasy self consciousness, Mullins awakens us to the perverse power of alienation and shame.

Greetings from Below (Mary Mccarthy Prize in Short Fiction) David Philip Mullins David Means

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