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Badlands (The Book)

Badlands, Short Stories by Thomas Biel

Badlands is full of vivid images, striking turns of phrase, original metaphors, and funny, touching moments.”
Larry Watson, author of Montana 1948American Boy,  and Let Him Go: A Novel

Badlands: A Collection of Stories
by Thomas Biel
Three Towers Press • June 2013
softcover • $14.95 • 300 pages
Kindle eBook • $9.99

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Review by Liane Casten

There’s a trace of Thornton Wilder’s “Our Town” in this series of short stories—the same people, the same town and the same glorious landscape that shapes so many of the characters.   In story after story, we watch these boys grow up during a past era not too distant from now.  They discover their own sexuality, their own morality, their connection to this special land, and their life-defining relationships to each other.  It’s a coming of age series; we care about those boys and those they encounter.  And we embrace this Montana town as we embrace the language, often startling in its beauty and imagery.   This book is a mellow, rich read, satisfying to any lover of short stories.  Diane C. Casten, founder and former president of Chicago Media Watch, journalist and author

“Tom Biel mesmerizes his readers with this heart-wrenching collection. With subtle, unassuming prose, Biel frames characters and compelling landscapes that writers too often miss. This anthology is wise, humorous, and keenly observed.” – Robert Vaughan, author of Microtones

“With writing that’s both piercing and elegant, Biel turns a light on in this small town and makes it shine from the inside. . . . I never read stories twice. I read these three times.”
Judy Bridges, author of Shut Up & Write!

ABOUT THE BOOK

This linked collection of short stories presents the coming-of-age tales of young Matthew Davis and his best friend, Idaho Wells, set in a small town in the west in the 1960s.

READ AN EXCERPT FROM THE SHORT STORY “TELESCOPE”

In episodes that are funny and poignant, familiar and troubling, the two young fellows share a commonality of place and time: the intensity of teenagers trying to find their ways in a small community conflicted about the Vietnam War, on the edge of the beautiful, fierce badlands that start just outside the town of Riverside, Montana. As the Vietnam War unfurled on the boundaries of everyday life, Matthew’s stories recall how he and his friends navigated the tricky, switchbacked roads of small-town life, sometimes barely hanging on. Sometimes not at all.

Tom Biel’s award-winning stories are delightfully crafted, full of humor and teenage passions, populated with plenty of oddball characters, and shine with the truthful authenticity of memories baked, like the Badlands, into fascinating forms by the passage of time.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Tom Biel was born in Sidney, Montana, and raised in Portland, Oregon; Glendive, Montana, and Rock Springs, Wyoming. He graduated from the University of Montana in Missoula and the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley.

Biel has been a high school English teacher for twenty-seven years, and has taught in Whitehall and Libby, Montana; San Jose, Costa Rica; and Quito, Ecuador. He currently teaches in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, at Rufus King high school, a large urban public school. He lives in a small Milwaukee bungalow house with his wife and two sons.

Biel is also the author of four plays, including Silver Bullet Day, which was most recently produced in Berlin, Germany. Badlands is his first book.

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Badlands: A Collection of Stories
by Thomas Biel
Three Towers Press • June 2013
softcover • $14.95 • 300 pages • ISBN 978-1595982308
Kindle eBook • $9.99

Buy the Kindle edition
Buy the softcover from Amazon
Buy the softcover from Barnes&Noble.com
Buy the softcover from the publisher

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