|About the Book|
The characters that inhabit Daniel Muellers stories are all outcasts of different sorts--a struggling poet trying to make ends meet as a stripper- an Aleut girl increasingly dissatisfied with life in an Alaskan salmon factory- an overweight manMoreThe characters that inhabit Daniel Muellers stories are all outcasts of different sorts--a struggling poet trying to make ends meet as a stripper- an Aleut girl increasingly dissatisfied with life in an Alaskan salmon factory- an overweight man armed with a remote control, secretly changing channels on neighbors television sets--yet their stories chronicle a similar effort: the quest to shed their outsider status and seek solace, if not meaning, within the mainstream.A haunting and evocative exploration of dreams and disillusionment, How Animals Mate delves into the dangerous territories where psyches, pushed to their limits by desire, reveal themselves. A writer reminiscent of Flannery OConnor and Truman Capote, Daniel Mueller has crafted stories that are compact, powerful, and uniquely American in style and ensibility.Daniel Muellers first collection of stories . . . takes great risks and pulls off most of them. . . . [V]isceral yet beautiful.--ElleDaniel Muellers stories are disturbing, graphic, and beautifully written. He is a uniquely talented prose stylist.--Alice McDermottA sizzling collection . . . In Muellers America of rural burgs, sex and violence coil together like serpents. True stories. Mueller knows why they happen.--The San Diego Union TribuneDaniel Muellers fiction has appeared in Playboy, Story, The Crescent Review, The Mississippi Review, and Timbuktu. He has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the University of Iowa Writing Program.