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A HalfMan Dreaming

David Matlin

Publication Year: 2012

A HalfMan Dreaming conjures into existence an apocalyptic storyline that takes its narrator, Lupe, from a childhood encounter with the Enola Gay on the edge of the Californian desert, to the war in Vietnam, to prison in Detroit. Filled with confusion, anger, and shame at the things that he has seen and done, Lupe struggles to find his way out of the maze of violence and racism that is Postwar America. With lyrical intensity and pyrotechnic prose, A HalfMan Dreaming weaves together history, archaeology, and mythology in a Melville-ian quest to discover the Leviathan heart of America’s love affair with death and destruction.

Published by: Red Hen Press

Title Page, Copyright, Acknowledgments, Dedication

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Introduction

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pp. ix-xii

When I began this series of novels (there are three: How the Night Is Divided, A HalfMan Dreaming, and Wodziwob’s Trance) I thought of two personal fascinations that have, at once, given me the courage and stamina to write these stories, and that often seemed to crush me in their spells. Both move forward and backward over the American Landscape as I know it and dream it. ...

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Book I. Exit Chino

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pp. 1-132

I was used to seeing the factories. The scrubbed clean ones with low roofs where you needed a great-grandmother from the American Revolution to get work clearance. You got to put together torpedoes and missiles with atomic and nuclear warheads, take your time, microtune those fuckers so that they wouldn’t even leave a stain. ...

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Book II. Downriver Crow

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pp. 133-224

Nobody, in the beginning, except for Nadia Sanin, knew anything about the deep hours after Jeffrey Langer left Liliane’s Bar to walk the alleys as if those abandoned linkages would embrace him, just there, and no more. The emerging scholar was trying to mix Jefferson and the American Fathers with the Fathers of the Talmud driving back and forth to Toledo, ...

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Book III. In Out O

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pp. 225-290

I found a small apartment, painted the walls white, moved in stray furniture, tried to settle. The swing shift, 3:00 to 11:30, gave me and everyone else on the fourth floor where we worked, fifteen and a half hours. Eight on (with a half slice for lunch), fifteen and a half off. And you might try a hundred ways to juggle it, ...

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Book V.

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pp. 291-292

I woke in my apartment. Janine left a note written in the palm of my right hand. A “Thank You” along with the name of her town in Kentucky and a phone number (“If you ever need some help”). Snow was floating on the window, weak flurries scrambling for the shadows as the midday sun started to build. ...

About the Author

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E-ISBN-13: 9781597093200
Print-ISBN-13: 9781597090704
Print-ISBN-10: 1597090700

Page Count: 304
Publication Year: 2012

Edition: First

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