From the Place in the Valley Deep in the Forest by Mitch Cullin

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An astronomer grieving over the death of his wife; an Asian-American medic bicycling through the countryside where she once held dying soldiers; the words of a Beatles’ song sung in a Cambodian work camp; a young rock-a-billy aficionado slicking back his hair in a Ukrainian village; a group of housewives smoking cigars and playing cards while a tornado approaches their west Texas town; and a Native American castaway carving faces on trees—the stories and characters in this diverse collection from the acclaimed novelist Mitch Cullin provide a fascinating gloss on events that have taken place since World War II. They begin at a remote Japanese beach house and end on an unnamed Alaskan island. These are stories about isolation, remembrances of past experiences, and the sometimes inaccurate nature of memory. Cullin’s stories examine individuals who have survived momentous, often horrific, social upheavals—where relationships and common day-to-day life are suddenly shaken by unforeseen circumstances.

From the Place in the Valley Deep in the Forest is a collection that deftly suggests we are all emigrants from personal histories we recall only fleetingly—moments that draw us back, but, as we imagine them, seem increasingly difficult to grasp. These polished and graceful stories are further evidence of the kind of work that makes Cullin one of our best, young writers.
 

About Mitch Cullin

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Mitch Cullin is 35, he lives in Los Angeles and has had his fiction published in various periodicals (Christopher Street, Santa Fe Literary Review etc) and has also been awarded the Stony Brook Short Fiction Award as well as various writing grants and scholarships.
 
Published August 22, 2011 by Dufour Editions. 244 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Pieces that appear closer to Cullin’s real turf include “Five Women in No Particular order,” a comic-grotesque tale of tornadoes, sexual irregularity, and strained female friendships, and “Viv’s Biding,” a finely detailed but unfortunately slack portrayal of a nonagenarian hanging feistily on, in...

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From the Place in the Valley Deep in the Forest by Mitch Cullin 245pp, Weidenfeld, £12.99 Modern Ranch Living by Mark Poirier 294pp, Bloomsbury, £9.99 The first three compelling stories in Mitch Cullin's From the Place in the Valley Deep in the Forest are set in countries where the United ...

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If something of the experimentalist shows in Cullin's novels, his stories are old-fashioned in the best sense, reporting slices of life as the characters experience them in language that is economical yet richly evocative because of its precision.

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