"The universe is made of stories, not of atoms."
—Muriel Rukeyser

New from Story Merchant Books - Up Here on Casings by G.T. Hogan


After growing up together in New Jersey, a college kid, Jon, and his cousin, Dwayne, find themselves both moving out west. While Jon has an idollike respect for Dwayne he can’t help but be put off by his odd, hyper, borderline autistic nature. Still, they spend a year plus exploring the San Juan Mountains, working different construction jobs, and having generally irregular but sometimes extraordinary experiences together. After one characteristically heroic event, in which Dwayne stops a movie theatre shooting, Jon and Dwayne’s time out west solidifies their “coming of age” as Dwayne barely survives a shot to the head, and Jon is involved in a fatal shooting accident himself. In the end, both boys have to face who they are and who it is they actually want to be.

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