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Against the Hidden River

really liked it 4.0  ·  Rating Details ·  5 Ratings  ·  3 Reviews
"A hidden river is the perfect metaphor for Michael W. Cox's fine debut short fiction collection. These stories--ranging in setting from places like Pittsburgh to Chicago to the Virginias to Florida and populated by the likes of male prostitutes, burnt-out teachers, Indian-American college students and bi-racial male virgins--teem with hidden desires, lusts, pains, hatreds ...more
Paperback, First Edition, 156 pages
Published September 19th 2013 by MAMMOTH books
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Phillip Mandel
Feb 16, 2014 Phillip Mandel rated it really liked it
It took me longer than usual to finish Against The Hidden River, a new volume of brutal short stories by Michael W. Cox, not because it wasn’t good, but it was an arduous journey. The book would sit on my nightstand and I’d stare at it and it would stare back, beckoning: Come read another story, Phil, and I’d think, Perhaps I’ll make another cup of tea and watch Battlestar Galactica again. It’s not like listening to Stravinsky or reading Ulysses, difficult pursuits due to their obscurity and eru ...more
Bill O'driscoll
Dec 22, 2013 Bill O'driscoll rated it liked it
Strong short-story collection for the Western Pennsylvania writer. Many of the characters are outsiders looking in, including a few male hustlers. Cox's voice is consistently credible, most of his narratives engaging, and a few of them outstanding.
Gerry LaFemina
Aug 28, 2014 Gerry LaFemina rated it really liked it
In these stories that capture the complicated relationships of struggling characters--characters struggling with their sexuality, their mental/emotional damage, their pasts--, Michael Cox has given us a view of the underbelly of American love.
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