Male of the Species: Stories

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Open Road Media, Feb 22, 2011 - Fiction - 239 pages
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Alex Mindt on Fathers and Sons  The title story of this highly praised book, about a small-town Texas science teacher threatening to flunk his high school’s brilliantly talented football star, sets the collection’s timely theme, the conflict between the image of how American men are supposed to act and the way they secretly feel like acting. This theme is skillfully modulated in almost all of the book’s eleven selections—from “Stories of the Hunt,” about a boy discovering that his ostensibly he-man woodsman father doesn’t in fact know the first thing about tracking deer, to “Immigration,” about a Vietnamese refugee working in a Las Vegas casino and dreaming of becoming the worlds greatest Elvis impersonator. Alex Mindt seems instinctively to know all the angles of story-telling, from quickly building dramatic tension to creating vivid characters through a minimum of dialogue. His every turn of phrase smolders in the reader’s mind.


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User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

An exploration of masculinity through a series of unsentimental stories of American fatherhood. At the center of each of Mindt's stories is a father attempting to connect in some way with his children ... Read full review


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About the author (2011)

Alex Mindt is an award-winning filmmaker and writer whose experiences as carpenter, nanny, truck driver, strawberry picker, and cross-country traveler informs the characters of these stories. He lives in New York City with his wife and two children, and teaches at the Gotham Writers’ Workshop.

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