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Badlands (The Book)

Badlands, Short Stories by Thomas Biel

Badlands: A Collection of Stories
by Thomas Biel

2014 award winning work.  

Three Towers Press • June 2013
softcover • $14.95 • 300 pages
Kindle eBook • $9.99

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

Badlands has won gold medal recognition for the Independent Publisher Book Awards (IPPYs) and the Next Generation Independent Book Awards.  It has received finalist, runner up and short list recognitions from the Eric Hoffer Book Awards in several categories, including book design, and from the Midwest Indpendent Publisher Book Awards for short fiction and Young Adult categories.

“These stories stretch playfully like a rubber band, then unexpectedly snap with new understanding, emotions or consequences. Narrator Matthew Davis relates boyhood jinks with his best friend, Idaho Wells in a small town near the Montana badlands. Beneath the situational humor, there’s truth—sometimes painful, sometimes awkward or uncomfortable, but always reaching into the guts of humanity.” — US Review of Books

“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 and Addicts and Basements

“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!

READ AN EXCERPT FROM THE SHORT STORY “TELESCOPE”

About the Book

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.

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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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