Greg Mulcahy’s new novel opens on a man suffering an accident at his workplace. His colleagues there are known, at least initially, only as O’Hearn and Minouche. In the aftermath of the incident, this trinity begins to fall apart. The man’s career falls apart. His life falls apart.
O’Hearn is the story of the story the man tells himself in confused chronology as he struggles to make sense of a world and a landscape where things have stopped making sense. The laws of causation are absent or profoundly obscured in this explanatory narrative, but then so is all individual motivation. Action seems to end only in a world of winners and losers and occurs solely to reinforce that world by further enriching the winners at the, sometimes willful, expense of the losers. O’Hearn is funny, contradictory, satiric, heartbreaking–a work unlike anything in our contemporary literature.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Greg Mulcahy is the author of Out of Work, Constellation, and Carbine. He lives in Minnesota.
PRAISE FOR O’HEARN
“Reading Greg Mulcahy’s sentences is like watching the best slalom skiers in the world dare the universe a crazy millimeter at a time. His fiction searches for meaning and feeling at the edges of the official blather, the business casual cant and approved dialects of the heart that purport to provide but in fact deflect any real cognizance of this rigged world. Fear and futility reign, but one can still resist, or the great Mulcahy can, because of the astonishing weapon at his disposal: his bleak, hilarious prose. In O’Hearn, he is our champion.”
–Sam Lipsyte, author of The Ask and Home Land
5.5 X 8.5, 136 pp
ISBN: 978-1-57366-050-1 Paper
ISBN: 978-1-57366-854-5 Ebook