Matthew Neill Null
Agent: Janet Silver
Matthew Neill Null is the author of the novel Honey from the Lion (Lookout Books) and the story collection Allegheny Front (Sarabande). He holds an MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop and was a fellow at The Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, where he is now the coordinator of the Writing Fellowship. Winner of an O.Henry Award and the Mary McCarthy Prize in short fiction, his stories have appeared in the Oxford American, PEN/ O.Henry Prize Stories, Best American Mystery Stories, Ploughshares, American Short Fiction, and elsewhere.
Honey from the Lion
By Matthew Neill Null | Lookout Books, 2015
After fleeing his childhood farm in the wake of scandal, Cur Greathouse arrives at the Cheat River Paper & Pulp Company's Blackpine camp, where an unlikely family of sawyers offers him new hope. But the work there is exacting and dangerous with men's worth measured in ledger columns. Whispers of a union strike pass from bunk to bunk. Against the rasp of the misery whip and the crash of felled hemlock and red spruce, Cur encounters a cast of characters who will challenge his loyalties: a minister grasping after his dwindling congregation, a Syrian peddler who longs to put down his pack and open a store, a slighted Slovenian wife turned activist, and a trio of reckless land barons. Cur must accept or betray the call to lead a rebellion and finally reconcile a forbidden love.