Matthew Neill Null will be holding a reading and discussion with novelist Sam Lipsyte to celebrate the release of his upcoming book of short stories, Allegheny Front. The book launch will take place May 19th at McNally Jackson Books in New York.
In Allegheny Front Matthew Neill Null brings his homeland of rural West Virginia vividly to life. In Null’s telescopic narration, human and animal populations exist in precarious balance with a landscape ravaged by resource exploitation and failed enterprise. Bears propagate in abandoned strip mines and forage in town dumpsters to the delight of camera-toting locals; a bald eagle torments a hunter after he kills her mate; an ambitious young scientist is forced to reckon with her past and present loyalties when a local man and his daughter interrupt her field research.
Praise for Allegheny Front:
“Sometimes lyrical, sometimes scarifying stories. . . . Within that setting of crags, foreboding forests, and onrushing creeks, Null finds poetry and moments that can sometimes bear something like grace.”
—Kirkus Reviews, starred review
“Violence is inevitable in these stories . . . but there is plenty of beauty, too. The scope of the collection contains voices from multiple generations, and the result is a kaleidoscopic portrait of a distinctive region of North America, as well as an exercise in finding the universal in the particular.”
“Matthew Neill Null’s stories are exquisite and haunting. They bring to crackling life a place we may think we know, but that under his gaze blossoms into something unexpected.”
—Stephen Sparks, Green Apple Books
Matthew Neill Null is a writer from West Virginia, a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, and a winner of the O. Henry Award. His short fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in Oxford American, Ploughshares, Mississippi Review, American Short Fiction, Ecotone, PEN / O. Henry Prize Stories, and elsewhere. He has received fellowships from the Fine Arts Work Center, the University of Iowa, and the Michener-Copernicus Society of America. He now coordinates the writing fellowship at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts. His debut novel was published in 2015, Honey from the Lion (Lookout Press).
Sam Lipsyte was born in 1968. He is the author of the story collections Venus Drive (named one of the top twenty-five books of its year by the Voice Literary Supplement) and The Fun Parts and three novels: The Ask, The Subject Steve andHome Land, which was a New York Times Notable Book and received the first annual Believer Book Award. He is also the recipient of a Guggenheim fellowship. He lives in New York City and teaches at Columbia University.