Three Ways of the Saw by Matt Mullins
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Three Ways of the Saw is a debut collection of contemporary short fictions that keeps an eye on literary traditions even as it pushes literary boundaries. With a stylistic range that extends from realism to the impressionistic, from flash fictions to longer forms, these stories wind through the echoes and disconnects of family, the stumblings of lost souls, and the remaining impressions of things unraveled. At turns brutal, angry, searching, and reflective, this jagged chain of vignettes is a book to be reckoned with.

The 25 stories are sliced into three sections: 1) Black Sheep Missives: The self-destructive actions of the only son of an Irish, Catholic family, a self-appointed outcast. 2) Dischords: Ragged, ne'er do well characters out of tune with the whole mess of society. 3) Ghost Limbs: Shadowy imprints of longing and things gone missing.

Welcome to a work of literature that doesn't shy away from the human condition--it embodies it.

 

About Matt Mullins

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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. His recent works of interactive/digital literature can be found at lit-digital.com.
 
Published January 2, 2012 by Atticus Books. 216 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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"No sad backstories here," Mullins notes in a bit of tasteless foreshadowing, but after Sondra's scalp gets ripped off in an ATV accident and Alex—acting on a dubious impulse—keeps her oil-stained braid, Mullins writes that Alex is simply "a reminder that everything comes apart eventually, if...

Jan 30 2012 | Read Full Review of Three Ways of the Saw: Stories

Fiction Writers Review

Last week we featured Matt Mullins’s debut collection, Three Ways of the Saw, as our Book-of-the-Week title.

Mar 13 2012 | Read Full Review of Three Ways of the Saw: Stories

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Mar 06 2012 | Read Full Review of Three Ways of the Saw: Stories

Fiction Writers Review

This week’s feature is Matt Mullins’s debut collection, Three Ways of the Saw, which was just released by Atticus Books, a small literary press in Maryland that specializes in “genre-busting literary fiction—i.e., titles that fall between the cracks of genre fiction and compelling narratives that...

Mar 06 2012 | Read Full Review of Three Ways of the Saw: Stories

Fiction Writers Review

You can find some of his interactive works of digital literature (like the haunting “Highway Coda”) at lit-digital.com On the site for Three Ways of the Saw, Mullins has posted some excerpts from many of the stories – lots of them – and these paragraphs feel like the self-blurb equivalent of Chr...

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ForeWord Reviews

If only the characters in Mullins’ stories had “measured twice, cut once,” like the advice given in the saying “three ways of the saw,” they might feel less ensnared in their current circumstances and freer to lop off what’s no longer working.

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Vol. 1 Brooklyn

Matt Mullins’s debut book of short stories, Three Ways of The Saw, left me feeling vulnerable, hurt, shocked, appalled, exposed, enlightened, moved, even inspired;

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Pank Magazine

Whether this means fiction that experiments with language, fiction that challenges what a story is or can be, or fiction that just doesn’t resemble what we remember reading before, we seem to spend a lot of time talking about writing simply because it is different.

Jun 26 2012 | Read Full Review of Three Ways of the Saw: Stories

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