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Fiction. A man wakes up one morning believing he has a wife who lives in Tucumcari, New Mexico. A wife he somehow remembers yet does not know. When he decides to find her, he embarks on a surreal journey through both landscape and memory. The reader travels with the narrator through sinking cities, his father's various jobs, government-designated atomic safe havens, motel rooms, cities made of only men, and interactions with people from his childhood including Boyd Delmarco, a famous radio personality whose lungs have turned to glass.
"Everyone wants to get away from the falling ash of this life. everyone wants to get away from the threat of nuclear bombs, away to some far away, imagined safe place. Rootless, fugitive, we want love, a place to call home. In TUCUMCARI, Patrick Parks takes us there in a novel so clearly written, so lucidly poetic, it breaks the heart."—Richard Jones
"What a strange and wonderful novel Patrick Parks has written! It's a road trip novel without an actual road trip—the narrator imagines a trip he will take to Tucumcari, NM, to find the woman he just remembered he married years ago—but except for floating above his bed at night or teaching english to immigrants in a city that rains ash, he almost never goes anywhere. But his mind goes everywhere, and it's a bona fide delight to ride along with him on his mental road trip. Written in brief fragmentary sections that often read like prose poems, this is a narrative as delightfully disjointed and digressive as Sterne's Tristram Shandy and as darkly comic and magical as Kafka's The Metamorphosis."—David Jauss
Monica Carter @ Foreword Reviews
Patrick Parks has had fiction published in a variety of journals, including The Chattahoochee Review, The Beloit Fiction Journal, Clockwatch Review, Farmer's Market, and B City, and had a story in the anthology, The Breast. In addition, he was editor of Black Dirt, a literary journal, edited Sarajevo: An Anthology for Bosnian Relief, and wrote reviews for Literary Magazine Review. Recipient of two Illinois Arts Council awards, he is a graduate of the University of Iowa's Writers' Workshop. He lives with his wife on the train line near Chicago.Author City: CHICAGO, IL USA