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Greetings from Cutler County: A Novella and Stories
by Travis Mulhauser
University of Michigan Press, 2005
Cloth: 978-0-472-11416-0 | eISBN: 978-0-472-02165-9
Library of Congress Classification PS3613.U435G74 2005
Dewey Decimal Classification 813.6

Greetings from Cutler County is both a nonstop ride of tragic hilarity, and a piercing look at the complexities of youth.

In one northern Michigan community the lives of desperate small-town dreamers are examined through an ensemble cast as earnest as they are outrageous, and as compelling as they are heartbreaking. The lovers, crooks, failures, and survivors of Cutler County are so flawed and genuine you can't help rooting for them-no matter how foolish or hopeless their pursuits may seem.

The stories take place in Cutler County, Michigan. Most of the characters are young men who think of themselves as losers and outsiders. Short on cash, popularity, and the ambition needed for success, they nevertheless are able to examine their failings with the self-knowing humor and resignation of the perpetually thwarted ne'er-do-well.

The stories are inseparable from the stark shoreline of their Lake Michigan settings-the cavernous woods and vast inland lakes that shape life in northern Michigan-and create a landscape as rugged and dramatic as youth itself. Greetings from Cutler County explores the common triumphs and tragedies of coming of age, while providing a rationale and humor that is uniquely and unforgettably its own.

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