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Daniel Mueller

Daniel Mueller has authored two collections of short fiction, How Animals Mate (Overlook Press 1999), which won the Sewanee Fiction Prize, and Nights I Dreamed of Hubert Humphrey (Outpost 19 Books 2013). His work has appeared in numerous journals, magazines, and anthologies, including The Missouri Review, The Iowa Review, The Cincinnati Review, Prairie Schooner, Joyland, CutBank, Gargoyle, Story Quarterly, Surreal South, Another Chicago Magazine, Story, The Mississippi Review, Henfield Prize Stories, and Playboy. He serves on the permanent creative writing faculties of the Low-Residency M.F.A. Program at Queens University of Charlotte and the University of New Mexico.

Nights I Dreamed of Hubert Humphrey

Nights I Dreamed of Hubert Humphrey

"Eleven stories by the author of the critically-acclaimed How Animals Mate. Daniel Mueller reveals the distance between our everyday masks and the selves we strain to recognize in them. A boy whose parents live apart decides to model himself after a neighborhood sociopath. A corporate systems analyst attempts to reconcile a homoerotic childhood with his conventional nuclear family. A divorcee dating a rape survivor must admit that what he loves most about her would, in his daughter, completely destroy him. Funny and grim, stylish and provocative, these stories find in disjunction and misalignment unparalleled tension and exquisite grace. Advance praise from Peter Ho Davies: 'Daniel Mueller is a true American original, his raucous, ribald vision (call it sub-division surreal) at once chokingly funny, and fiercely felt. These stories move from gut-busting to gut-churning to gut-wrenching in the blink of an eye, uncovering along the way the tender in the grotesque, the lovely in the lurid, and the soul in suburbia. Mueller – big-hearted and fearless as he is – has long been one of my cult writers. Nights I Dreamed of Hubert Humphrey should give many new readers the chance to discover him.'”

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How Animals Mate

How Animals Mate

"This haunting and evocative exploration of dreams and disillusionment delves into the dangerous territories where psyches reveal themselves."

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