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About the Author

Steve Cushman, who spent many years in Florida, received his M.A. from Hollins University and his M.F.A. in creative writing from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. His fiction has appeared in the North American Review, 100% Pure Florida Fiction, and the Raleigh News and Observer. He lives in Greensboro, North Carolina.


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  • File Size: 527 KB
  • Print Length: 272 pages
  • Publication Date: September 30, 2010
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00457VKEO
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Steve Cushman earned his M.A. in Creative Writing from Hollins University, and an MFA from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He is the author of two novels, Portisville and Heart With Joy, as well as the short story collection, Fracture City. His poetry chapbook, Hospital Work, was published in 2013.

He lives in Greensboro, North Carolina with his wife and his son.

www.stevecushman.net

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on October 30, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Portisville by Steve Cushman is a gripping story of betrayal, murder, and hidden secrets. Haunted by the murder of his mother, and a mysterious phone call from the father who has not spoken to him in years, one man must revisit the hidden horrors of his childhood and painfully uncover a terrible truth before it destroys him, what is left of his family, and perhaps others caught in its wake as well. A serious, small-town novel brimming with gut-wrenching pathos that irresistibly compels the reader to turn the pages.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jersey Exile on September 19, 2012
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I finished "Portisville" about two weeks ago and have been thinking about the book since. Now that I've mostly moved into our new house, I finally have time to review Steve Cushman's debut novel.

Let's cut to the chase - I loved reading this book.

Cushman tracks the relationships of two fathers and sons: Jimmy Wills and his father, Truman, and Darren Webster and his son, Bobby. Jimmy, a house painter living in North Carolina, has been estranged from Truman since being sent to live with an aunt after his mother's murder. Bobby has been rebelling against Darren since his mother left her drug-dealing husband. Ostensibly, this is a book about fathers and sons, but it's really about mothers and sons, and the lifetime pull that formative relation has on a boy's or man's life. Out of the blue, Jimmy receives a call from Truman ordering his son to drive back to Portisville, Fla., and kill him. Is it to end Truman's suffering from terminal cancer or is it to settle the death of Dot Wills, a crime for which Truman was tried and acquitted. After a life of small-time drug deals, Darren pulls up stakes and relocates Bobby away from where his mother has moved, destroying bobby's unrealistic hope that his mother will return to them. The two fathers and their sons converge in a satisfying ending.

Portisville is rich in detail: descriptions of land and buildings, weather and characters both major and minor. The dialogue is naturalistic (with a few exceptions regarding Bobby), relationships, motivations, and leisurely action are wholly realistic. This is a portrait of people in the new South, trying to get by, some legally, some not; love, death, personal growth and stagnation.

Again, I loved reading this book and have enjoyed thinking about it since. I highly recommend "Portisville."
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nightengale7 on March 28, 2013
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I couldn't even finish this book because I was so disgusted by the constant detailed references to bodily functions, the excessive use of profanity, the casual references to drinking and driving (as though nothing is wrong with that, totally normal and acceptable thing to do), detailed descriptions of women's anatomy, and the absolute lack of any sympathetic characters. I didn't like a single character in the book and couldn't care less what happens to them. I really don't understand all of the glowing reviews on here. I feel like those people read a different book than I did because this was really just terrible.
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By Scott C on January 27, 2014
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I liked this book quite a bit. It's about a father/son relationship gone awry and a son's feelings of obligation to his dying father he doesn't like very much. The father doesn't seem to care much for his son either. It's an interesting book with an odd underlying story that doesn't really go anywhere ( a college girl has been murdered near Portisville and the timing coincides with the son's visit ). This is a book written with heart, and a book that doesn't sugar-coat or have a happy ending where everything is all neat-and-tidy at the end. Worth a read!
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I thoroughly enjoyed my journey through Portisville. Steve Cushman is a good writer, giving ample time to personal and landscape descriptions, just enough to grab your interest, but not too excessive making you tired. I will buy more books by Steve Cushman, and I heartily recommend Portisville.
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By melody on June 13, 2013
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This is a good read about a man who comes back to his home town to face old tragic circumstances from his youth. The mystery of his mother's death.... however, I was disappointed by the ending.
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By lilchit on May 27, 2013
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This is the first time I've ever written a review. I'm an avid reader and read around 4 books a week. This book took forever to read. It drags on and on and on. It put me to sleep a few times. Only reason I read it till the end is to find out what happened to the missing girl. Forget it. Book ends and you still don't know what happened to her. Even for free it's not worth wasting your time reading
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I liked the story line but it was slow. There could have been more of a storyline with the boy. He kind of just was in the book who no real reason.
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