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Independent Press Award Winner for BEST SHORT STORY COLLECTION 2018Finalist for BEST SHORT STORY COLLECTION - Next Generation Indie Book Awards 2018. SILVER MEDAL WINNER Best Short Story Collection E-Lit Awards 2019


These stories are old and young at once: old in that they were written almost twenty years ago, but also young, as they were written by the author as a young man. They are an examination of a childhood come to a close and a imagining of what adulthood might look like in a new century.


Bunny Man's Bridge wanders from the tragic to the comic, where the magical thinking of children collides with the gritty reality of adults. Characters such as Daniel and Sydney reoccur from one story to the next, coping with their own wounds, dreams, and disillusionments. They are accompanied by a series of characters familiar in American literature: the working man; the aspiring woman; the frontier hero; the entrepreneur; the immigrant; the artist; conmen; strippers; saints and sinners. St. Paul, Satan, and God himself all make appearances.


Neill explores the dark intersection of youthful exuberance and responsible adulthood--a place where love and adventure, the sacred and profane all seem destined to collide. Transcendence or insanity could lurk behind the next bend and the atmosphere shivers with the potential and anxiety of a country shaking off its past to move into another millennium. The stories remind us just what a heady ride young adulthood is and what, collectively, might lie before us.


Poised at such a threshold, individuals and a country hold their breath.

 

SILVER MEDAL WINNER - E-Lit Book Awards - 2019

WINNER - International Book Awards, American Book Festival - 2019

FINALIST - Silver Falchion Killer Nashville Award - 2019

DISTINGUISHED FAVORITE - Independent Press Awards - 2019

5 STAR REVIEW READERS FAVORITE - 2019


What did it mean to be a hero in 1944? What does it mean today? On the 75th anniversary of the invasion of Normandy, these are the questions we ask ourselves as the world faces resurgent nativism, deep social divisions, and rising xenophobia. It’s no exaggeration to say that the gravity of our crises today echoes back to the crossroads of 1944. Finding St. Lo presents us with two distinct voices from the past. The authors are Gordon Cross and Robert Fowler: a medic and sergeant who served in the 134th US Infantry Regiment. In their mobilization, Cross and Fowler witnessed horrific destruction alongside compelling heroism. Their firsthand accounts are joined here by essays by Fowler’s grandson, Ted Neill. Neill explores the scars of war left by his grandfather’s post-traumatic stress and its effects across three generations of family. Through Neill’s reflections, three stories weave into one. The voices of soldiers, family members, and trauma specialists come together in prose that is readable and relatable. The photography of Gordon Cross, published here for the first time, provides an unparalleled window into the scenes of devastation and loss. But Cross also captures the stirrings of recovery and the foundations of a post-war peace that benefited billions—a peace that may endure, if we can be good stewards. Finding St. Lo examines a time in US history that was a crucible for the identity of a generation and the destiny of a nation. These stories and photos demonstrate, without question, that the values of self-sacrifice, community, courage, and compassion that steered a generation in 1944 can still serve us—and save us—today.

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