Bruce Machart Men in the Making

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Men in the Making

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From the critically acclaimed author of The Wake of Forgiveness—“a mesmerizing, mythic saga,” as described by the New York Times—come ten remarkable stories that uncover unexpected beauty in the struggles of the modern American male.

Like Richard Russo, Bruce Machart has a profound knowledge of the male psyche and a gift for conveying the absurdity and brutality of daily life with humor and compassion. Whether they find themselves walking the fertile farmland of south Texas, steering trucks through the suffocating sprawl of Houston, or turning logs into paper in the mills just west of the Sabine River, the men of these stories seek to prove themselves in a world that doesn’t always welcome them. Here are men whose furrows are never quite straight and whose hearts are near to bursting with all the desires they have been told they aren’t supposed to heed.

Bruce Machart is one of our most ambitious and fearless young writers. With Men in the Making, he has composed a remarkable paean to the complex fragility of the American male. I read these stories in a state of tender amazement.”—Steve Almond, author of Rock and Roll Will Save Your Life

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“Bruce Machart’s protagonists know work—whether it’s loading cedar logs into debarking drums or scouring the sludge from a drill rig’s void tanks—and they know denial, and self-denial, and compassion, because they’re mostly good men undone by loss, and by their own resentments and shortcomings. Men in the Making is a stirring and impressive collection.”—Jim Shepard, author of You Think That’s Bad

“What I admire most about Bruce Machart’s Men in the Making is everything. Filled with revelatory and often gritty truths about love and work and family and courage and also defeat, he has given the world one of the most powerful short story collections you will ever encounter.”—Donald Ray Pollock, author of Knockemstiff and The Devil All the Time

“Story by story by story, Bruce Machart gets his guys right: the crosswise emotions, the briar patch of thoughts suffered by men who either think too much or too little—the misfires and self-deceptions and tall tales, the tragic goofiness of liking mistaken for loving, the need to hide under the covers until real life goes away. Men in the Making can’t possibly be Mr. Machart’s debut collection of stories, for these are the yarns of a young master of the form.”—Lee K. Abbott, author of All Things, All at Once

About the Author:

BRUCE MACHART is the author of The Wake of Forgiveness. His fiction has appeared in Zoetrope: All-Story, Glimmer Train, Story, One Story and elsewhere, and has been anthologized in Best Stories of the American West. A graduate of the MFA program at Ohio State University, Machart is Assistant Professor of English at Bridgewater State University, and he lives in Hamilton, Massachusetts.

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