From Publishers Weekly
Cullins's sterile eighth novel is the bleak dirge of Korean War vet Hollis Adams as he revisits the nightmarish past he has spent his life avoiding. The novel opens at Hollis's home in a golfing community in snow-covered Arizona, where Hollis dreams of processions of cattle and nomads wearing gas masks. Despite this surreal start, the book quickly becomes mired in the mundane: Hollis's wife, Debra, is ill with ovarian cancer and asks him to tell me about us, occasioning a reluctant retrospective of Hollis's time in Korea [...] Unfortunately, the narrative spends little time exploring Hollis and Debra's lives together or the other self that haunts Hollis, instead focusing largely on Hollis's retiree routines. Flashbacks to Korea provide welcome reprieve, but the reader never connects with Hollis or Debra, so their suffering feels muted, even as the narrative dives into stark tragedy. (Mar.)
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“Exacting, suspenseful, elegiac yet life-embracing.”—Los Angeles Times
“Cullin followers will recognize the same sharp psychologist who meditated on deterioration in his previous novel, A Slight Trick of the Mind
.” —San Francisco Chronicle
"Mitch Cullin's fine novel The Post-War Dream
is as much about love as it is about coming to terms with memories. . . . A sensitively told, finely crafted story." —The Denver PostFrom the Trade Paperback edition.