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 fireplace, their occasional tenderness a rill. . . . It continues to be at a distance from judgment, at a eliminate from effortless definitions, unspooling a lucid and sometimes painful background of urge for food, exploitation, and bereavement."-Lydia Millet, from the introduction

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

Set within the author's place of origin of West Virginia, this panoramic selection of tales lines the folks 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 element, 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 somewhere else. He divides his time among West Virginia and Provincetown, Massachusetts, the place he coordinates the writing fellowship on the fantastic Arts paintings Center.

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No more bivouacking in primitive encampments on stony ground. Deaver planned on living in luxury for the rest of his natural life. Buy a mansion somewhere nice, somewhere sunny, somewhere OUTCONUS. In the Bahamas maybe. Or maybe Monte Carlo. Why not? Buy a big house with a pool and servants and lots and lots of women. Not that many beautiful women wanted to fuck a soldier, but they sure as hell lined up ten deep to fuck rich men. He could taste it, smell it, feel it, this new life. And it was all gone.

He started the engine, letting it warm up. Caroline turned to him, a large dark shadow in the dark. “That was quick. ” He looked over at her. One corner of his mouth lifted in a half smile, just a quick flash of white teeth. “I’ve changed a lot of tires under enemy fire. ” “I’ll just bet you do. Listen—” Caroline breathed deeply. She owed him an apology. “I want to thank you for changing the tire. ” Something dark and liquid gleamed on his right hand. “Heavens, first you change my tire for me, then my car bites the hand that feeds it.

What had set him off was being in the same house as Caroline, having talked to her, touched her, held her in his arms—that’s what had his cock swollen and weeping. After so many years in which she’d haunted his dreams, he was finally with her, and it was scary as hell. Do. Not. Fuck. This. Up, he told himself. He couldn’t count the nights lying on a cold hard cot when her face swam before him. At first, he’d been ashamed to jerk off thinking of her, but it turned out that no matter how many women he had, she was the only one who could turn him on simply by thinking of her.

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