Veterans’ Savage PTSD Tale

Frank Bill has lit a fire to a concept of violent, practically surreal conflict erupting from his highly literate mind and centered in—go figure—southern Indiana. Exploding onto the scene with his short stories, then a novel that runs wild with outlaw sports (“Donnybrook”) and a survival story for a simply stark apocalypse (“The Savage”), now we have a very personal look into something even more realistic. “Back to the Dirt” digs into the emotional, medical, economic, and criminal dead-ends facing many of America’s veterans. The novel’s plot has Appalachian noir spun up in an in-your-face frenzy, yet the characters who stand or fall can be seen in those among your neighbors who pursue desperate long-shot opportunities or substance-fueled oblivion. The author’s style of descriptive viscera isn’t just clipped here—it’s jagged. The tale’s relationship to the Vietnam tour of duty of Bill’s father makes a compelling reason to catch this reading/signing appearance. Kyle Minor, himself an edgy and enigmatic figure, will join the conversation.

Tuesday, May 9

7 p.m. | Free
2720 Frankfort Ave.

About the Author

Veterans’ Savage PTSD Tale

New Jersey–expatriate T.E. Lyons reconnected with the written word coincident with the arrival of his first child. His byline has since appeared on over a thousand reviews, previews, features, and fiction pieces–and a clutch of journalism awards. Favorite interview questions: “What’s your idea of good country music?” and “Do you think that last question was meant to bait you?” Reading and listening suggestions always welcome.


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