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From the Darkness Right Under Our Feet [Paperback]

Patrick Michael Finn
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July 26, 2011 0982622899 978-0982622896
Fiction. Brutality, defeat, loneliness, and mournful longing haunt and ignite Finn's collection with an assembly of unforgettable characters confronted by life-changing crises that force them to make impossible choices. Two brothers try to survive their father's unexpected death by protecting their widowed mother from a drunken sexual vulture at a cousin's wedding reception; the last orphan in an aging foster mother's house tries to escape the abusive homophobia he faces in a rigidly-masculine Catholic high school; and a former quarry trucker, after thirty years in prison for murdering his sister's rapist, is hired as a bouncer by a Greek immigrant who tries to save his failing restaurant by transforming it into a nightclub of seductive belly dancers. Set in the gritty Rustbelt of Joliet, Illinois during the early 1980s, its rickety skyline of smokestacks, steeples, and rotting telephone poles, its abandoned houses, basements, quarries, and rail yards, Finn's fictional world is breathtakingly constructed with prose that is both lush and crisp, imagistic, deeply evocative, and instantly memorable.

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About the Author

Patrick Michael Finn was born in Joliet, Illinois and was raised there and in rural Southern California. His first book, the novella A MARTYR FOR SUZY KOSASOVICH, was selected by Tom Barbash as winner of the Ruthanne Wiley Memorial Novella Competition and published by The Cleveland State University Poetry Center. A winner of the AWP Intro Award, selected by Benjamin Alíre Sáenz, and the Third Coast Fiction Prize, judged by Stuart Dybek, Finn's stories have appeared in Ploughshares, TriQuarterly, Third Coast, Quarterly West, The Texas Review, The Clackamas Literary Review, Punk Planet, and Houghton Mifflin's The Best American Mystery Stories. His fiction has also received citations in the Pushcart Prize and The Best American Short Stories. He lives in Arizona with his wife, poet Valerie Bandura, and their son James. Patrick's short story collection, FROM THE DARKNESS RIGHT UNDER OUR FEET (Black Lawrence Press, 2011), won the 2009 Hudson Prize and was selected as a Best Book of 2011 in GQ Magazine.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 220 pages
  • Publisher: Black Lawrence Press (July 26, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0982622899
  • ISBN-13: 978-0982622896
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,151,657 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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PATRICK MICHAEL FINN was born in Joliet, Illinois and was raised there and in rural Southern California. He completed his B.A at the University of California, Riverside and his M.F.A. at the University of Arizona, where he was a Dean's Teaching Fellow.

Finn is the author of the novella A Martyr for Suzy Kosasovich and the story collection From the Darkness Right Under Our Feet. His stories have appeared in Ploughshares, TriQuarterly, Third Coast, Quarterly West, The Clackamas Literary Review, Punk Planet, and Houghton Mifflin's The Best American Mystery Stories 2004. His fiction has also received citations in the 2005 Pushcart Prize and The Best American Short Stories 2008.


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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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Now and then along comes a writer of short stories or novels that reacquaint us with the interstices of the middle of this country, pulling our attention away from the Coasts where the media force feed us the tales of rehab, violence, misbehavior and degrading lives of movie stars and performers and the absurd antics of the buffoons on the Hill and on Wall Street until breathing in is sour tainted. Patrick Michael Finn instead focuses on the little people who struggle with living day to day, dealing with and even at times coping with the bruises the economy and the current state of disarray affect Everyman. He stages these stories from a town he knows well, Joliet, Illinois, and here he finds a spectrum of characters whose lives and altered dreams are bothersome afflictions. He is a master craftsman of a writer, a man with such facility with prose, recreating the smudgy, sepia to jaundice toned atmosphere of a town down on its luck, and he manages to demonstrate how that 'place' colors the lives of the people he details for us.

Sharing the story lines of these eight beautifully sculpted tales would be akin to passing a plateful of good food past a hungry set of eyes: the reader needs to sit at this feast untainted by prejudice of description. But a few ideas of how the stories flow may entice the reader to pick up this volume. The title story shares the fear of a young boy who sees/hears/feels a rat infestation in his home, terrifying him to the point of being unable to sleep at night and even more challenged in that his parents deny the source of his very real fears.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! August 30, 2011
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I found that it was best for me to put the book down after reading each story, to give myself a chance to digest what I had read and think about the characters I had met, before moving on to the next work. Each story brought me to a new place where I had to stay for some time.
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3.0 out of 5 stars sad shorts October 20, 2013
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Well written, but barely a redeeming factor is present in anyone of them ( except in the last one, perhaps ).

A sad, grey, utterly devoid world is what Michael Finn portrays in this collection.

All well written. Not all did it for me, however.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love Finn's writing August 12, 2013
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These stories by Patrick Finn are evocative and timeless. He taps into a series of experiences that one can relate to on a primal level -- even if you've never been anywhere near Joliet, Ill. He clearly respects the reader and cares deeply about his craft. I read one story a day until I got through the book...and was sad when the experience was over.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gritty, grimy and REAL February 19, 2013
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From the likes of Don Pollock and Earl S. Thompson before him, comes Patrick Finn. Read him, know him, love him.
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