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by Greg Mulcahy
University of Alabama Press, 2015
Paper: 978-1-57366-050-1 | eISBN: 978-1-57366-854-5
Library of Congress Classification PS3563.U389O37 2015
Dewey Decimal Classification 813.54

Greg Mulcahy’s new novel opens on a man suffering an accident at his workplace. His colleagues there are known, at least initially, only as O’Hearn and Minouche. In the aftermath of the incident, this trinity begins to fall apart. His career falls apart. His life falls apart.
O’Hearn is the story of the story the man tells himself in confused chronology as he struggles to make sense of a world and a landscape where things have stopped making sense.
The laws of causation are absent or profoundly obscured in this explanatory narrative, but then so is all individual motivation. Action seems to end only in a world of winners and losers and occurs solely to reinforce that world by further enriching the winners at the, sometimes willful, expense of the losers. 
O’Hearn is funny, contradictory, satiric, heartbreaking—a work unlike anything in our contemporary literature.

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