Matt Mullins Three Ways of the Saw: Stories

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Three Ways of the Saw: Stories

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Fiction. A startling new voice in traditional storytelling carves out a territory all its own. The vibrant prose of this debut collection—ranging in both style and length from experimental and realistic to flash and longer form fiction—searingly probes and dissects the idea of connection and alienation with one's self, the world and others. Always gritty, often cruel, yet quietly insightful, this jagged chain of vignettes is for readers who try to hold their thoughts together with duct tape while never quite grasping the things they just can't seem to name.

"There's a brooding, raw, rustbelt, jazzy, Motown energy that informs the sensibility and sound of this writer, fuels his prose, and gathers this collection into a compelling whole."—Stuart Dybek

"This book is lit from within, the pages dunked in the holy water of booze and kerosene."—Peter Markus

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Matt Mullins is a writer, musician, experimental filmmaker and multimedia artist. His fiction and poetry have appeared in Mid-American Review, Pleiades, Hunger Mountain, Harpur Palate, Descant, Hobart, and a number of other print and online literary journals. He is an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Ball State University (BSU) where he is a faculty fellow with BSU's Emerging Media Initiative.

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''Though this is not a book of place, per se, there's a brooding, raw, rustbelt, jazzy, Motown energy that informs the sensibility and sound of this writer, fuels his prose, and gathers this collection into a compelling whole.'' - Stuart Dybek, author of I Sailed With Magellan

''The sentences of Matt Mullins are hormonally-charged, jacked-up on the adrenalized rush of his adolescent and extended adolescent characters, boys and men, mostly, who burn the candle bright on both ends of the stick. This book is lit from within, the pages dunked in the holy water of booze and kerosene, the kind of electrified prose that could only be written by a writer who spent the better part of his own life playing live music in the dive bars of the American Rustbelt. Mullins has plugged his pen, his surrogate guitar, into a twin Marshall stack and has cranked the amplitude of his heart and song up to ten. Like a young Barry Hannah, Mullins captures a world governed by the notion that 'all things eventually come apart,' though not before he makes music and meaning out of what happens in the events leading up to what ultimately is lost.'' --- Peter Markus, author of We Make Mud

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