Allegheny Front by Matthew Neill Null

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 eliminate from effortless definitions, unspooling a lucid and infrequently painful historical past of urge for food, exploitation, and bereavement."-Lydia Millet, from the introduction

"Rich in heritage, speech, incident, plants, fauna, vernacular, geology, politics-Matthew Neill Null's paintings is striking. . . . If something ever occurred within the nation of West Virginia, Null is aware the lengthy and wanting it, and should make its tale sing."-Salvatore Scibona

Set within the author's fatherland of West Virginia, this panoramic number of tales lines the folk and animals who dwell 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 unconventional 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 other places. He divides his time among West Virginia and Provincetown, Massachusetts, the place he coordinates the writing fellowship on the high quality Arts paintings Center.

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There would come a time when roles would reverse and the adult child would become the caretaker of the ill parent. Such poetic bullshit. ” “Get me another one. Please. I’m so cold. My father needed a real blanket, a good blanket. I walked out of the recovery hallway and made my way through various doorways and other hallways, peering into the rooms, looking at the patients and their families, looking for a particular kind of patient and family. My expression and posture were that of a man with a sick father and so I belonged.

Please. I’m so cold. My father needed a real blanket, a good blanket. I walked out of the recovery hallway and made my way through various doorways and other hallways, peering into the rooms, looking at the patients and their families, looking for a particular kind of patient and family. My expression and posture were that of a man with a sick father and so I belonged. Maybe he was Mexican, which is really a kind of Indian, too, but not the kind that I needed. It was hard to tell sometimes what people were.

How about slant? So, like I was saying, as that owl was just about to smash into our windshield, it slanted its wings, and slanted up into the dark. I just slammed on the brakes and nearly slid into the ditch. And my girlfriend and I were sitting there in the dark with the engine tick, tick, ticking like some kind of bomb, but an existential bomb, like it was just measuring out the endless nothingness of our lives because that owl had nearly touched us but was gone forever. And I said something like, “That was magnificent,” and my girlfriend—you want to know what she said?

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