BIG LONESOME

Joseph Scapellato

An inventive, ranging debut story collection from a writer hailed by Claire Vaye Watkins as “Wallace Stegner on peyote, Nathanael West in a sweat lodge, Larry McMurtry on a vision quest.”

Reinventing a great American tradition through an absurdist, discerning eye, Joseph Scapellato uses these twenty-five stories to conjure worlds, themes, and characters who are at once unquestionably familiar and undeniably strange. Big Lonesome navigates through the American West—from the Old West to the modern-day West to the Midwest, from cowboys to mythical creatures to everything in between—exploring place, myth, masculinity, and what it means to be whole or to be broken.

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An inventive, ranging debut story collection from a writer hailed by Claire Vaye Watkins as “Wallace Stegner on peyote, Nathanael West in a sweat lodge, Larry McMurtry on a vision quest.”

Reinventing a great American tradition through an absurdist, discerning eye, Joseph Scapellato uses these twenty-five stories to conjure worlds, themes, and characters who are at once unquestionably familiar and undeniably strange. Big Lonesome navigates through the American West—from the Old West to the modern-day West to the Midwest, from cowboys to mythical creatures to everything in between—exploring place, myth, masculinity, and what it means to be whole or to be broken.

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  • Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Paperback
  • February 2017
  • 192 Pages
  • 0544769805

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About Joseph Scapellato

Joseph Scapellato is a visiting assistant professor of English at Bucknell University. His fiction has appeared in Kenyon Review Online, Gulf Coast, Post Road, Puerto Del Sol, PANK, and Lumina, as well as other journals, and has been anthologized in Harper Perennial’s Forty Stories, Gigantic Books’ Gigantic Worlds: An Anthology of Science Flash Fiction, and &NOW’s forthcoming The Best Innovative Writing Anthology.

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Praise

“Scapellato’s first collection of short fiction means to bust the mythologies of the American West. In these 25 stories, Scapellato moves from the allegorical to the (almost) natural, traversing the territory with a fluid grace…Scapellato’s debut is unpredictable, witty, and self-aware while remaining heartfelt in the most unexpected ways.”Kirkus Reviews

“Scapellato’s refreshing stories engage at every point and are capped off with perfect endings. Scapellato is an exceptional surrealist, and he seems to have a firm handle on his own exuberance and quirkiness, his characters reminiscent of familiar archetypes but served with a twist. His subjects never wander far from cowboys, cowgirls, and the myths of the cinematic West. His short stories have a lean trajectory and economy. ..This debut collection is bracing and delightful.”Publishers Weekly

“These 25 stories range from the mythic and bizarre to the modern and incisively realistic…genre-blending.”Booklist