In a poetically stripped down prose, author Colby Cuppernull presents three linked short stories about the thin line dividing hope from fear and the ways in which the people and landscapes surrounding us shape us for better or for worse.
Best Man tells the story of Ethan Hager, who must decide whether his decision to stay in his small hometown in upstate New York to protect his troubled mother and younger brother is a noble sacrifice or a convenient excuse for not facing his own fears about what lies beyond the mountains. In each story, a decision must be made that will forever alter Ethan’s life. Cuppernull elegantly explores Ethan’s descent into hardened bitterness and its impact on the people who love him most while compassionately presenting Ethan’s personal struggle and frustration.
“Reading Best Man might make you want to revisit Frederick Exley, Richard Ford, Denis Johnson, Carver. Mostly, it’ll make you want more from this amazing... More > writer.” – Michael Davis, Author of Gravity (2009)< Less
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