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Mitch Cullin's Reviews

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The Post-War Dream [2008]
Apr.11.2008
Published by San Francisco Chronicle
Where Deb is transcendent, the other characters are earthy and real. The novel's other survivor is Lon, a vet who spends his old age swilling Corona with Hollis in their Arizona...
The Post-War Dream [2008]
Mar.23.2008
Published by Los Angeles Times
Hollis' scouring memories of war are dramatic and evocative, to be sure, but it's the little things, like Hollis' unearthing green plastic toy soldiers in his cactus garden, or a...
May.15.2005
Published by The New York Times
Cullin is an unusually sophisticated theorist of human nature, and this book is first and foremost an analysis of Holmes -- both as a fictional character and as an embodiment of...
May.06.2005
Published by Salon.com
It's only in the last pages of "A Slight Trick of the Mind" that all these elements resolve into a single, layered emotional chord. It works a little like a rare musical...
Apr.22.2005
Published by The Washington Post
This is a lovely, tenderhearted book, full of reserve, good manners, elegance of feeling. It's what a novel should be. You don't read it to be "improved" but for...
Published by Lost At Sea
The power of the written word over the reader has been well documented. For instance take Mark Chapman, who requested John Lennon sign his copy of Catcher In The Rye the same day...
Published by Publishers Weekly
Cullin's latest (after The Cosmology of Bing) is a brief but incisive account of a Tucson teacher's descent into the lurid, furtive world of illicit gay sex, which lands him in...
Apr.04.2002
Published by Dreams: The Terry Gilliam Fanzine
Since 1998, Mitch Cullin has published a string of highly acclaimed novels, among them the startling novel-in-verse Branches and the bittersweet The Cosmology of Bing, marking...
Nov.15.2001
Published by Booklist
  *Starred Review* After four novels, including the intriguing novel-in-verse Branches (2000) and the bittersweet Cosmology of Bing [BKL F 15 01], Cullin rounds up eight...
May.13.2001
Published by The New York Times
Sexual confusion and academic infighting abound in Mitch Cullin's cheerfully chaotic fourth novel, set at fictional Moss University in Houston. Our hero is an aging astronomy...
Apr.09.2001
Published by Publishers Weekly
Cullin's upbeat personality and natural warmth stand in odd contrast to the darker preoccupations of his fiction. Although he says that, in writing, he is "interested in...
Nov.10.2000
Published by Austin Chronicle
The dusty, empty places Mitch Cullin keeps returning to in his fiction are "huge" and "vast," he says, as if that settled the matter, as if it were perfectly...
Sep.24.2000
Published by The New York Times
TIDELAND By Mitch Cullin. 192 pp. Chester Springs, Pa.: Dufour Editions. $22. BRANCHES By Mitch Cullin. Illustrated by Ryuzo Kikushima. 197 pp. Sag Harbor, N.Y.: The...
Oct.29.1999
Published by Austin Chronicle
Despite the stark desperation that is part and parcel of growing up in Claude (Cullin himself grew up in Guthrie) and Willy's awareness that it is a one-track town, Whompyjawed is...