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About the Author
Dennis Mustis the author of three novels: Brother Carnival (Red Hen Press, November 2018), The World's Smallest Bible (Red Hen Press, March 2014), and Hush Now, Don't Explain (Coffeetown Press, October 2014), as well as three short story collections: Going Dark (Coffeetown Press, 2016), Oh, Don't Ask Why (Red Hen Press, 2007), and Banjo Grease (Creative Arts Book Company, 2000). He won the 2014 Dactyl Foundation Literary Fiction Award for Hush Now, Don't Explain, and The World's Smallest Bible was a 2014 USA Best Book Award Finalist in the Literary Fiction category. His plays have been produced Off-Off Broadway and he has been published in numerous anthologies and literary journals. He resides with his wife in Salem, Massachusetts.
These stories float through the reader like frozen images. Each one fits into the others unevenly as jagged glass. This is the essence of great fiction at the end of the century; Ray Carver and Thom Jones plowed into some stupendous force that whips along with a tilted wild energy.
-- Kate Gale, author of Goldilocks Zone
Dennis Must's first collection of short stories is no ordinary debut but the mature work of a fully accomplished literary artist. Moreover, his originality, his deep irreverence, and his compassion for working-class men and women . . . Strivers and seekers of dreams, signal him as an inspired author in a new American grain--a visionary, poet, and realist . . .
-- Tom Jenks, editor (with Raymond Carver) of American Short Story Masterpieces
Dennis Must's stunning collection Banjo Grease is just what one hopes for: a series of intriguing, interlocking stories whose cumulative force goes beyond the sum of its parts.
-- Geoffrey Clark, author of Jackdog Summer, What the Moon Said, and Rabbit Fever