Winner of the FC2 Catherine Doctorow Innovative Fiction Prize

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

SPECS

Quality Paper
5.5 X 8.5, 136 pp
ISBN: 978-1-57366-050-1 Paper
ISBN: 978-1-57366-854-5 Ebook
Price: $14.95

FC2

New profoundly funny novel examines death and love sincerely

Seed is the story of Bill Starr’s final days. Childless but with a lifetime’s worth of possessions and a nearly infinite web of extended family, Bill endeavors to empty his house completely before he dies by summoning distant relatives to claim their inheritance. Many of his letters go unanswered, but those who do show up find that their reward is often much less valuable than they might expect.

What they get instead are Bill’s memories, made vivid by each item from the past, memories that are more exotic and curious than the lives currently lived by his young relatives.

Accompanied by his housekeeper, Ramona, and his young gardener, Jonathan, Bill is a somewhat cantankerous, wildly intelligent, and often forgetful man who recalls and speaks to his deceased wife, often imagining that she’s never died. His unwillingness to recognize what has happened to her and to give away his only possession of any value, a 1937 Pierce-Arrow automobile that they bought together, becomes the measure of his grief and of his love in this profoundly funny novel that faces death and love sincerely.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Stanley Crawford is a graduate of the University of Chicago and the Sorbonne. He is the author of several novels, among them Petroleum Man, Log of the S.S. The Mrs Unguentine, Travel Notes, and Gascoyne, as well as the memoirs A Garlic Testament: Seasons on a Small New Mexico Farm and Mayordomo: Chronicle of an Acequia in Northern New Mexico. He is coproprietor with his wife, Rose Mary Crawford, of El Bosque Garlic Farm in Dixon, New Mexico.

PRAISE FOR SEED

Seed is an anti-quest narrative: our hero sleeps, aggrieved, in his chair, dreaming of shedding possessions. He is ferocious, uncertain, disheveled, a spirit kindred to Unguentine, a mess, and easy to love. Another brilliant and hilarious novel by a great American writer.”
–Noy Holland, author of Swim for the Little One First and What Begins with Bird

Seed is is one of the finest novels I have ever read.”
–Michael Ventura, author of Night Time Losing Time and The Zoo Where You’re Fed to God

“Stanley Crawford has given us this masterwork, a book so funny, so generous, and so perceptive that it feels like an unforgettable evening spent with your family’s weirdest and wisest scion. Seed shows us that the twilight we must face–both individually and as an empire–can be more illuminating than our most verdant noon.”
–Ken Baumann, author of Solip and Say, Cut, Map

SPECS

Quality Paper
5.5 X 8.5, 192 pp
ISBN: 978-1-57366-183-6 Paper
ISBN: 978-1-57366-853-8 Ebook
Price: $14.95

FC2

Exploring the archaeological record of events in the pre-Columbian Southeast

Jkt_Gilmore_mktgAcross the social sciences, gradualist evolutionary models of historical dynamics are giving way to explanations focused on the punctuated and contingent “events” through which historical events are actually experienced. The Archaeology of Events is the first book-length work to systematically apply this new eventful approach to major developments in the pre-Columbian Southeast.

Traditional accounts of pre-Columbian societies often portray them as unchanging for centuries or millennia. Events-based analyses have opened up archaeological discourse to the more nuanced and flexible idea of context-specific, rapidly transpiring, and broadly consequential historical “events” as catalysts of cultural change.

The Archaeology of Events, edited by Zackary I. Gilmore and Jason M. O’Donoughue, considers a variety of perspectives on the nature and scale of events and their role in historical change. These perspectives are applied to a broad range of archeological contexts stretching across the Southeast and spanning more than 7,000 years of the region’s pre-Columbian history. New data suggest that several of this region’s most pivotal historical developments, such as the founding of Cahokia, the transformation of Moundville from an urban center to a vacated necropolis, and the construction of Poverty Point’s Mound A, were not protracted incremental processes, but rather watershed moments that significantly altered the longterm trajectories of indigenous southeastern societies.

In addition to exceptional occurrences that affected entire communities or peoples, southeastern archaeologists are increasingly recognizing the historical importance of localized, everyday events, such as building a house, crafting a pot, or depositing shell. The essays collected by Gilmore and O’Donoughue show that small-scale events can make significant contributions to the unfolding of broad, regional-scale historical processes and to the reproduction or transformation of social structures.

The Archaeology of Events is the first volume to explore the archaeological record of events in the southeastern United States, the methodologies that archaeologists bring to bear on this kind of research, and considerations of the event as an important theoretical concept.

ABOUT THE EDITORS

Zackary I. Gilmore is a PhD candidate in anthropology at the University of Florida studying the types and scales of social interaction engaged in by Archaic period hunter-gatherers in the southeastern United States. His current focus is on the spread of early pottery technology and the development of large-scale gathering places in northeast Florida during the Late Archaic period. Jason M. O’Donoughue is a PhD candidate in anthropology at the University of Florida. His recent research focuses on constructing landscape histories of Florida’s freshwater springs and exploring both ancient and contemporary engagements with these places.

PRAISE FOR THE ARCHAEOLOGY OF EVENTS

“This is a very timely and provocative work. The event approach sustained across all the chapters should be of interest to any archaeologist with an historical bent.”
–Douglas K. Charles, coeditor of Recreating Hopewell and Theory, Method, and Practice in Modern Archaeology

“This wonderful collection will help to entrench the American Southeast as an emerging locus of theoretical innovation in archaeology.”
–Victor D. Thompson, coeditor of The Archaeology and Historical Ecology of Small Scale Economies

SPECS

Trade Cloth
6 X 9, 328 pp
ISBN: 978-0-8173-1850-5 Cloth
ISBN: 978-0-8173-8783-9 Ebook
Price: $59.95

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