Montaigne Medal Finalist (Eric Hoffer Awards)
The tales in Cretacea and different tales from the Badlands in most cases occur in scorching climate, the place airborne dirt and dust and sweat envelop every person and every thing. A teenage boy spends a summer season along with his hard-livin’, hard-drinkin’, tousled uncle and has to struggle for a place in his new, transitority “family.” a up to date widower will get swept up on the earth of the neighborhood swingers’ scene. A band of misfits struggles to outlive at a makeshift commune. An eccentric lady with OCD has a wierd fetish that contains the prescription supply boy. For no specific cause, a fossil-collecting, poetry-reading loner makes a decision to show sniper and shoot up town – identifying purely non-human ambitions. Asphyxia video games with a horny transvestite cross heavily awry. A distraught guy enlists his pleasant neighbour in a evening river look for his misplaced daughter. Bored and determined in a trailer park locate specific how one can determine their kinks. The plans of a primed-for-action threesome are unexpectedly derailed whilst a badly overwhelmed puppy is noticed tied as much as a parking meter. Fossils and prehistoric snoozing creatures, farm animals, rivers, dusty street gasoline stations, truck cease diners, men in small cities with dead-end jobs and unfulfilled goals, the odor of sage and the sound of cicadas within the air, and redemption is nowhere to be came upon …
This isn't the Alberta international of oil and hockey and wheat, yet of individuals at evening, dwelling trade lives, donning outfits that typically stay hidden within the depths of closets. after they emerge from those closets donning those outfits, those shopkeepers, attorneys, and scholars do issues to themselves and every different that it will take Freud to explicate. all around the valley lies the phobia of loneliness, the obsession with hope, and the human fixation with the unknown.
Praise for Cretacea & different tales from the Badlands:
“[I]n Martin West’s notable debut brief tale assortment … readers will come upon echoes of Flannery O’Connor and Barry Hannah.” (Foreword Magazine)
“the eleven stories in Martin West’s debut assortment … usually shock with unusual, startling images.” (Alberta Views)
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