“An astonishingly sharp and satisfying debut. . . . [McIntosh] is the real thinga tremendously gifted and supple prose hand, recounting all manner of human distress and extremity in an assured and generous voice, balancing, as all honest practitioners of the fictional art must, the delicately pitched forces of fate, remorse and grace.”Chris Lehmann, The Washington Post Book World
978-0-8021-4143-9 • $13.00 • Paperback • July 2004
With his first novel, Matthew McIntosh “burst onto the national literary scene with a dazzling debut, where low-rent voices and dispirited lives capture the ennui of these troubling times with stark, unadorned prose” (Seattle Post-Intelligencer)
The denizens of this brilliant novel are boxers, bartenders, and data-entry technicians, fishermen, mothers, and exotic dancers, would-be kings and queens of the punk rock scene, sparemen and gunmen and soon-to-be dead men. What binds them is the Wellthat dark barren region of the human heart and mind.
Whether desperately alone or struggling to come together, they grapple with dangerous compulsions and heartrending afflictions, searching for relief, transcendence, or a vehicle up into the light they know must exist. They search in sex, drugs, and violence, and in visions of apocalypse and creation, dreams of angels and killers and local sports championships. Compact, finely wrought, and powerfully charged, Well is a “gritty and intensely original debut” that “crackles and pops with sex, drugs, and violence” (Men’s Journal).