Men in the Making

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Oct 25, 2011 - Fiction - 208 pages
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From the critically acclaimed author of The Wake of Forgiveness—“a mesmerizing, mythic saga,” as described by the New York Times—come ten remarkable stories that uncover unexpected beauty in the struggles of the modern American male.

Like Richard Russo, Bruce Machart has a profound knowledge of the male psyche and a gift for conveying the absurdity and brutality of daily life with humor and compassion. Whether they find themselves walking the fertile farmland of south Texas, steering trucks through the suffocating sprawl of Houston, or turning logs into paper in the mills just west of the Sabine River, the men of these stories seek to prove themselves in a world that doesn’t always welcome them. Here are men whose furrows are never quite straight and whose hearts are near to bursting with all the desires they have been told they aren’t supposed to heed.

Bruce Machart is one of our most ambitious and fearless young writers. With Men in the Making, he has composed a remarkable paean to the complex fragility of the American male. I read these stories in a state of tender amazement.”—Steve Almond, author of Rock and Roll Will Save Your Life

 

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User Review  - trishrope - LibraryThing

Hot damn, this is some good writin’! I read Machart’s first book, “The Wake of Forgiveness,” and loved it, and this one is just as well written and thoughtful as his first, albeit a lot more brutal ... Read full review

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User Review  - davidabrams - LibraryThing

I was halfway through Bruce Machart's debut collection of short stories, Men in the Making, when I rushed over to Facebook and posted this somewhat breathless message: "I can only read one story per ... Read full review

Contents

Where You Begin
The Last One Left in Arkansas
Because He Cant Not Remember
Something for the Poker Table
We Dont Talk That Way in Texas
The Only Good Thing Ive Heard
An Instance of Fidelity
Monuments
Among the Living Amidst the Trees
What Youre Walking Around Without
Acknowledgments
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Back Cover
Spine
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BRUCE MACHART is the author of The Wake of Forgiveness. His fiction has appeared in Zoetrope: All-Story, Glimmer Train, Story, One Story and elsewhere, and has been anthologized in Best Stories of the American West. A graduate of the MFA program at Ohio State University, Machart is Assistant Professor of English at Bridgewater State University, and he lives in Hamilton, Massachusetts.

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