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David Allan Cates presents his novel 'Tom Connor's Gift'

David Allan Cates is the author of five novels, Hunger In America, a New York Times Notable Book, X Out Of Wonderland and Freeman Walker, both Montana Book Award Honor Books, and in 2012, Ben Armstrong’s Strange Trip Home, winner of a Gold Medal for Best Fiction in the 2013 Independent Book Publishers Book Awards. Cates is the winner of the 2010 Montana Arts Council’s Artist Innovation Award in prose and his short story, “Rubber Boy,” (Glimmer Train 70) is a distinguished story in the 2010 Best American Short Stories. His stories and poems have appeared in numerous literary magazines, and his travel articles in Outside Magazine and the New York Times Sophisticated Traveler. 

Reviews of Tom Connor's Gift:

"In this haunted and haunting novel, David Allan Cates takes the darling Yankee notions of free will, Manifest Destiny, linear time, and progress, shoves them where the sun don’t shine, and proceeds to paint what one man’s world becomes without them. The result is a deliberately troubling masterpiece."

-- David James Duncan, author of The Brothers K and The River Why

“I love this book. I picked it up in Montana on a road trip to Minnesota. It carried me along in its backdraft and my imagination was completely engaged for a thousand miles. I like to think about the images and replay the feelings they roused: erotic, startled, awakened.”

–Sheryl Noethe, the Montana Poet Laureate and author of AS IS

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