By Matthew Neill Null
"Allegheny entrance has few sentimental trappings. . . . Men's stubbornness is a rock face, in those clever and unpretentious tales, their anger a crown hearth, their occasional tenderness a rill. . . . It is still at a distance from judgment, at a get rid of from effortless definitions, unspooling a lucid and sometimes painful heritage of urge for food, exploitation, and bereavement."-Lydia Millet, from the introduction
"Rich in background, speech, incident, vegetation, fauna, vernacular, geology, politics-Matthew Neill Null's paintings is awesome. . . . If something ever occurred within the kingdom of West Virginia, Null is familiar with the lengthy and wanting it, and should make its tale sing."-Salvatore Scibona
Set within the author's native land of West Virginia, this panoramic number of tales lines the folk and animals who stay in precarious stability within the mountains of Appalachia over a span of 2 hundred years, in a disappearing rural global. With omniscient narration, wealthy aspect, and lyrical prose, Matthew Neill Null brings his panorama and characters vividly to life.
Matthew Neill Null is the writer of the radical Honey from the Lion (Lookout Books). A graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop and a winner of the PEN/O. Henry Award, his brief fiction has seemed within the Oxford American, Ploughshares, the Mississippi Review, American brief Fiction, Ecotone, and in different places. He divides his time among West Virginia and Provincetown, Massachusetts, the place he coordinates the writing fellowship on the effective Arts paintings Center.
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Particles of food jumped from her face as she chewed noisily, surveying the interior of the cab, squinting outside at the sun. The girl was really enjoying herself. Being alive is its own reward. After the meal she settled back and amid short, jagged, inspiratory breaths, she stared out the window quietly—perhaps now the girl was privileged (fed) enough to begin to feel sad. After awhile she took the grocery bag, looked in, and opened it to show me; my knees shook for the tidy, determined way she looked at me.
Besides, doing so would put me far above her man in the category of purity. The man was severely tall and most often stood in the hallway with his friends. Everyone here stood in the hallways (the hotel rooms being unrealistically miniscule, the guests starved for company). The man was always talking and laughing and in his thinness there was strength, physical and otherwise. His voice was both loud and muffled, as if berries had been crammed into his throat. His cough was monumental. He would go back to Nevada, he said; he missed his big sister.
She took it and sniffed, as if to drink, then dropped the cup (empty) on the floor, pacing on. Others in the hallway either ignored her fully or gave her a large margin, bringing to mind the word invalid. In my wrinkled work suit and high, tight shoes, I left the room. 36 Some women don’t like being one and that goes for me. There is the restlessness and endless vigilance that arises from working constantly alongside men. Though occasionally (in a rush) I fasten on to one of them with a movement somewhere between a trip and a fall, desire being the wish to transform into someone else, a different kind of body, to find another story in which to live.
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