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Greetings from Below

3.86  ·  Rating Details ·  35 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
Winner of the Mary McCarthy Prize in short fiction, selected by David Means, and the University of Nevada's Silver Pen Award.
What would have become of Nick Adams if he'd been born along the ragged edges of a new American city, one with more churches per capita than any other, and twice the suicide rate? Meet Nick Danze, the main character of David Philip Mullins's vital de
Paperback, 224 pages
Published January 18th 2011 by Sarabande Books (first published January 1st 2011)
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Jan 08, 2011 Jim rated it really liked it
Shelves: the-west, small-press
Short stories in the realist mold loosely centered around Las Vegas. The first story, "Arboretum" is harrowing sexually charged coming-of-age story with disturbing imagery/scenes/consequences. The second is a boy meets girls story where the bartender and the prostitute both have hearts of gold--puh-lease--but the story took a turn at the end that made me squirm. So far so good... Reminds me a little bit of Tod Goldberg, but maybe that's a desert thing?


Now that I've finished the book it's very
Jan 17, 2011 Peter rated it really liked it
Honesty Alert: I know this author and read many of these stories in earlier forms.

Yet, the real pleasure of reading this book was getting to see them work as a cohesive whole. I really liked the way these stories circled the wreck of a few major incidents in the life of Nick Danze, coming at them in a pleasurably staggered way. Touchstones include: His father, who died in a sad and untimely manner. His mother's odd compulsive behaviors (one word: sugar). The endless cycle of deviant sex and gui
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Aug 02, 2013 J. D. rated it liked it
This is a powerful book. Like many powerful things you may not like it. My own reactions while reading looked like the display on an oscilloscope, up and down, rollercoastering around.

_Greetings_ is a collection of stories that are united by a common protagonist, Nick Danze, told in a mostly linear fashion from Nick's youth to his middle age. Nick is richly drawn and not always easy to identify with. At times I was repulsed by him, angered by him, disappointed in his choices and failures in judg
Oct 07, 2011 Hollowspine rated it liked it
The first story is interesting, has some complexities to it, then the next story takes the same character further into his development and you can somewhat see how the boy from the first story became this neurotic person...but then it gets a bit weird. I did like the first couple stories, but then more and more I came to despise Nick and his bizarre and destructive ways. Each story seemed to convey the same message, which got old after awhile.

The writing was good, it was just the repetitive natu
Apr 14, 2012 Casey rated it really liked it
Great debut collection of linked stories. Mullins is able to write a collection of stories with a protagonist, Nick, that most will probably find at least mildly reprehensible, yet the insight Mullins gives us into Nick's psyche allows us to empathize with him. That's not easy to pull off, and Mullins should be commended for it.

Looking forward to whatever Mullins does next.
Jen McConnell
Apr 13, 2011 Jen McConnell rated it it was amazing
Just wonderful. David creates an exceptional voice in these stories and leaves you wanting more. Loved how the descriptions of Las Vegas are so vivid and make the city/landscape another character in the book.
Jul 05, 2011 Dani added it
Okay - I wrote a bad review of this book, but I had it mixed up with GET ME OUT OF HERE (which I didn't like at all). This is okay - another, messed up young man trips through life - Jonathan Tropper goes to Vegas.
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Dec 28, 2011 Laura rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2011
Best book I read all year. Superb.
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Fantastic debut short story collection.
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