Gutierrez's debut sets the industrialized murder of World War I as backdrop to the murderous industry of coal mining in the American West circa 1919.... While Gutierrez draws Paris, the Belgian war-front, and the rough-hewn frontier town with a good eye"the sun hovered over the Rocky peaks, shading the mountain snow like a bruise"the novel's unfiltered lens reveals war's cost to the human psyche, the amorality of concentrated wealth, the cancer of racial and ethnic hatred, and the nearly unresolvable conflict between familial loyalty and moral responsibility. By turns lyrical and brutal, Gutierrez stretches an intriguing piece of historical fiction to cover multiple themes. Kirkus
The Trench Angel is a vivid and engaging novel and it carries a doomed, bloody and wondrous vision of the World War I trenches and the American West in the years after The Great War. It's also a ripping good yarn. John Dalton, Heaven Lake
About the Author
The Austin Film Festival, Featured Screenplay (Drama), Semi-finalist, 2014.
The Austin Film Festival, AMC One-Hour Pilot Award, Finalist, 2013.
The James Jones First Novel Fellowship, Finalist
New York Public Library Research Fellowship, New York Public Library, 2011-2012. This award ($2500) is provided for research on a novel.
The Tusculum Review, Short Story Contest, Finalist, 2009.
Harpur Palate, John Gardner Fiction Prize, Finalist, 2009.
Pushcart Prize, Nominee, 2009
Best New American Voices, Nominee, 2006, 2008.