Hardback
September 2, 2016
9781625342362
English
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Wild Horse

Stories

Winner of the prestigious Grace Paley Prize, Wild Horse explores human experience in forgotten places of America's industrial decline. Interweaving images of remarkable natural beauty with neglected homes and trashed streets, Neuenfeldt writes fully to life characters who have been dealt losing hands. With a pathos both heartrending and fascinating, he offers stories that pull readers completely into the landscapes of loss, daring them to keep looking despite the squalor because there is something about the character—the grit he displays or the hopefulness he maintains—that makes readers want to see how it ends.

An orphaned boy fights to keep the dilapidated home that contains the memory of his family. A sawyer's nephew scrambles to recall the skills of the trade in the wake of his uncle's death. A corrections teacher strains to give his son direction in a remote prison town after his addict mother deserts them. These stories create a portrait of the difficult decisions people must make in unforgiving surroundings and the consequences of the battle to press on.

Published in cooperation with Association of Writers and Writing Programs.

About the Author

Eric Neuenfeldt is the author of Fall Ends Tomorrow, winner of the 2010 Iron Horse Literary Review Chapbook Competition. His work has appeared in The Paris Review Daily, Confrontation, REAL: Regarding Arts & Letters, Southern Indiana Review, and elsewhere. He is a graduate of California State University, East Bay and Oklahoma State University. Neuenfeldt lives in Reno, Nevada. Wild Horse is his first book.

Reviews

"This well-crafted collection focuses on American-born characters—underclass, poor drifters. Strewn, along with images of bums, cripples, addicts, gutted houses, trash-covered streets, and wrecked farms, are images of startling beauty. The depiction of the physically and psychologically injured characters achieves lightness because of the enchanting writing style, the fact that they usually deal with their situations stoically, and most of all the strain of humor running through the stories. The prose is sparse, but the universe the author creates is deep and full of underlying reverberations of questions and sometimes answers, as the characters move through their days that are filled with obstacles and tragedies."—Nahid Rachlin, author of Jumping over Fire

"Eric Neuenfeldt's stories defy a trend in contemporary fiction. You won't find clever tricks here—no magic show, no pyrotechnics. Rather, his characters—his people—are weather-wise doers. They seek and possess bodies of knowledge that inform their triumphs as well as their troubles. And Neuenfeldt writes with diction that is muscular and also a little musical in its respect for a thing done well, whether that thing is fishing or bike polo or tuning a bent human heart. Wild Horse is my favorite collection since Wells Tower' s Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned."—Jon Billman, author of When We Were Wolves

"Winner of the Grace Paley Prize in Short Fiction, this heartland-set collection is uniformly fine reading."—Library Journal
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