Evoking the Western drama of Cormac McCarthy, the family sensibility of Kent Haruf, and the wacky, magical humor of Christopher Moore, McBrearty displays his storytelling prowess and wit in his debut novel. In his debut novel, Pushcart Prize winner Robert Garner McBrearty spins a hilarious, poignant, over-the-top Western. In it, Jim O’Brien writes the quixotic saga of his ancestors who grew up with a tribe of Comanches. As his grip on reality loosens, O’Brien weaves into the tale modern day stalkers, drug dealers, secret agents, strippers, a mad linguist, an imaginary therapist, Ernest Hemingway, and an RV trip through the soul of the West. Having been displaced, each of the characters must embark on the Great American Quest for a place to truly call home.
“Robert McBrearty’s stories occupy a fascinating world where the daft becomes heartfelt, the dangerous becomes ordinary, and the ordinary becomes downright odd–and where the act of writing is appropriately worthy of awe. A world, in other words, seen through a pane of absurdist old glass.”
—David Wroblewski, author of The Story of Edgar Sawtelle
“The Western Lonesome Society is a thing of beauty, a house with many rooms, all built of humor and pathos. I don’t know what to call it, comic novel or surreal novella, or a genre all its own, a literary tall tale. McBrearty’s work shows an extraordinary imagination and a deeply felt love for the written word.”
—Barry Kitterman, NEA Fellowship winner, author of The Baker’s Boy
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Robert Garner McBrearty teaches writing at the University of Colorado. His stories have been anthologized in the Pushcart Prize and widely published in leading literary journals, including Mississippi Review, The Missouri Review, Narrative Magazine, New England Review, North American Review, and Story Quarterly. He is the author of Let the Birds Drink in Peace, A Night at the Y, and Episode, which won the Sherwood Anderson Foundation Fiction Award. He lives in Louisville, Colorado.