Hunger in America

Hunger in America

by David Allan Cates
     
 

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In this stunning, three-act tragedy—the first novel in Cates’s Homecoming Trilogy—Jack Dempsey Cliff drives through the night in search of the father he never knew. He’s in Kodiak, Alaska, a frontier town, where the soul of his culture is exposed and running wild in the street. What Jack finally finds is the courage to stand when

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In this stunning, three-act tragedy—the first novel in Cates’s Homecoming Trilogy—Jack Dempsey Cliff drives through the night in search of the father he never knew. He’s in Kodiak, Alaska, a frontier town, where the soul of his culture is exposed and running wild in the street. What Jack finally finds is the courage to stand when it’s time to stand, act when it’s time to act. During one long night and into the dawn, Jack discovers what he loves, and in that love, his redemption.

Editorial Reviews

Chicago Sun Times - Christine Vogel
A multilayered odyssey, it is a profound exploration of life's uncertainty and the nature of spiritual hunger . . . Readers will come away from the odyssey with a renewed awareness that our richest experiences may take place in the imagination, where only narrow visions can deprive us of life’s endless possibilities.
Great Falls Tribune - Denise Mort
Reading Hunger in America is like looking through a child’s kaleidoscope: the number of colored pieces inside never changes, but one moment they form a star, then with a touch, they form a flower, then change shape again and again to form other designs…. There isn’t one dull character in the book, not one that doesn’t have depth, not one that doesn’t feel real.
Philadelphia Inquirer - Thomas Mallon
Cates could have taken a minimalist’s bored mower to this bleak, alcoholic landscape: instead, he’s cultivated it with a good heart and great imagination. The blooms he raises are full and improbable, as beautiful as they are painful to watch. In giving rise to a real writer, May 30, 1983 turns out to have been a lucky day.
Publishers Weekly
Cates's first novel is solid proof that the sparest things can also be the richest... (He’s) taken big risks, both structural and emotional, and has succeeded gloriously, with a plaintive but eloquent song to the abundant impossibilities of connecting despite the tight net of relationships that catches us all.
Los Angeles Times - Todd Grimmson
Hunger in America moves along as if in life-like, almost semi-documentary randomness, with lots of energetic dialogue and movement, but as it unfolds we gradually realize how skillful and inexorable a pattern has been woven. The ending surprises, yet in retrospect seems preordained, inevitable. David Cates' first novel, once read, becomes even more mysterious and haunting upon contemplation. The riddle of fate is beautifully posed.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940015791945
Publisher:
Novelas Americanas
Publication date:
08/28/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
244
Sales rank:
849,829
File size:
186 KB

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Meet the Author

David Allan Cates is the author of three other novels, X out of Wonderland (Steerforth Press/Zoland Books), Freeman Walker (Unbridled Books) both Montana Book Award Honor Books, and Ben Armstrong’s Strange Trip Home (Novelas Americanas). He has published numerous short stories in literary magazines and his nonfiction has appeared in the New York Times Sophisticated Traveler, Outside, The Montanan, and other magazines. He works with Missoula Medical Aid, an organization that sends teams of medical personnel to Honduras and supports community health improvement projects there, and is a part-time faculty at Pacific Lutheran University in the MFA program, the Missoula Writing Collaborative and the 406 Writing Workshops.

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