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CLAY CENTER
MONTANA SURROUND
RIVER STREET



Clay Center
Copyright © 2004
by Phil Condon
Eastern Washington UP
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A moving love story, and a powerful psychological study of alienation and grief, Clay Center presents a startling examination of that time in which the American dream was revealed to contain its own nightmare. — from the publisher


Montana Surround: Land, Water,
Nature, & Place
Copyright © 2004
by Phil Condon
Johnson Books
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As patiently as he searched for water on a small patch of land in Missouri, Phil Condon water-witches his way through westerly geographies of land and of being in his collection of personal essays, Montana Surround. The natural world is where he lives, walks, and works, as well as the springboard for his deep and generous reflections on the importance of place. From Nebraska and British Columbia in his youth, to Missouri, to diverse landscapes and moments in Montana over the last seventeen years, Condon creates an intriguing map of past, present, and future. — from the publisher


River Street
Copyright © 1994
by Phil Condon
Southern Methodist UP
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In "Starkweather's Eyes" a grieving son remembers his frightened mother and absent father in the fall of 1957 when the notorious teenage mass murderer rampaged across Nebraska. "Babyman" depicts a bitter and obsessed Detroit rent-a-cop who exploits women and their babies until he meets a woman tougher than he is. A woman whose third marriage is faltering has an erotic encounter on an Amtrak train that causes her to reexamine her life's old and new losses in "Seven." The title novella portrays a drifter riding the rails into a mountain town where his desperation spawns a mesmerizing spate of violence. In language rich in metaphor and detail, Condon's stories expose the turbulences of the human spirit and reveal the outside-chance possibilities his characters have for grace. — from the publisher

... sad and believable ... — Publishers Weekly

The landscape of all these collected tales is lonely country, whether the narrator is remembering Omaha, Nebraska, in the late 1950s in "Starkweather's Eyes," hitchhiking to New York City on the interstate in "Walt and Dixie," or riding on Amtrak's Lake Shore Limited from Boston to Chicago in "Seven." Lost souls searching for shelter, often in all the wrong places, Condon's characters are vivid, troubled human beings with whom readers will identify, sometimes in spite of themselves. — Booklist


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