Trophy by Michael Griffith
A Novel

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Vada Prickett is a 29-year-old Hose Associate at a car wash in South Carolina, and Darla, the woman he loves, is about to marry his friend, rival, and life-long neighbor, Wyatt Yancey. Vada has spent his life waiting for the thing to get a proper start. But it will never get that start, for Vada, as this wildly original novel opens, is being crushed to death by Wyatt s latest animal trophy, a stuffed grizzly bear Vada has been helping him to smuggle against Darla s wishes into Wyatt s house. 



It turns out that the cliché is true at the moment of death, your life does flash before your eyes. Trophy, the account of a man s final, fleeting instant on earth, joins Vada as he attempts to make that flash last as long as possible. As he lies dying, too soon and too absurdly, Vada tries to unravel the mysteries of his life. He first bargains with God, then rages against the dying of the light. Exhausted, Vada proceeds to prolong, in every way available to a man in his dire circumstances, the time he has remaining. 



Just beneath Griffith s dark humor and witty take on our present-day culture lies a meditation on memory and identity and the power of language over both
 

About Michael Griffith

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Michael Griffith is a novelist and short-story writer. His stories and essays have appeared in literary journals such as the Oxford American, the Southwest Review, Salmagundi, and the Virginia Quarterly Review, among others. He lives in Cincinnati, Ohio.
 
Published May 31, 2011 by Triquarterly. 224 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Vada Prickett is dying, pinned under a stupendous stuffed bear, thinking about his short life and a fond-of-puns God enjoying the "Moon over My Hammy" breakfast at the local Denny's.

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There are intermittent bright points—most notably in the sympathy Vada engenders late in the book and the corresponding dislike for Wyatt—but they amount to too little too late beneath the crushing wave of shaggy, logorrheic text.

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The narrator both claims that Vada is telling the story—he attributes specific words to Vada, claims Vada lied in the previous chapter, etc.—and refers consistently to Vada in the third person, which together make the novel seem less about a (mostly!) pathetic character dying and more about the p...

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Time Out Chicago

In a chapter titled “The Silky Smooth Drawers of Ghoulie the Cricketer,” Vada identifies the body of his mother in the morgue, obsessing over the shape of her big toe, feeling remorse for never noticing it before, or more honestly trying “to make himself cry, either for catharsis or to satisfy th...

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