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These stories project onto the open road not the nirvana of personal freedom but rather a type of freedom more closely resembling loss of control. In such an atmosphere "Revelation Countdown", borrowed from a road sign in Tennessee, proves prophetic: It may not arrive at 7:30, but revelation will inevitably find the traveler. Lightning Print on Demand Title
Paperback, 153 pages
Published March 1st 1993 by Fiction Collective 2
(first published 1993)
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Read this straight through in one sitting. Then went back and read several of the stories again. Fantastic collection of road stories where everything is coming undone. The language is dense, particular, and passionately detailed. The maximalist approach bears comparison to Lee K. Abbott and maybe the early work of Debra Monroe. The only piece I didn’t really enjoy was the two-column all dialog “BMW Conversation,” although it is an interesting experiment.
Cris Mazza is the author of a dozen books of fiction, mostly recently Waterbaby (Soft Skull Press 2007). Her other titles include the critically acclaimed Is It Sexual Harassment Yet?, and the PEN Nelson Algren Award winning How to Leave a Country. She also has a collection of personal essays, Indigenous: Growing Up Californian. Mazza has been the recipient of an NEA Fellowship and three Illinois ...moreMore about Cris Mazza...