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Author Event: David Philip Mullins

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  • 6/18/20
  • 6 - 7 p.m.
  • Free
  • All Ages
  • Categories

  • Literary

Event Description

About the Book
Inspired by the disaster of May 4, 1988, The Brightest Place in the World traces the lives of four characters haunted by an industrial disaster. On an ordinary sunny morning in 2012, a series of explosions level a chemical plant on the outskirts of Las Vegas. The shock waves are felt as far away as Fremont Street. Homes and businesses suffer broken windows and caved-in roofs. Hundreds are injured, and eight employees of the plant are unaccounted for, presumed dead.

One of the missing is maintenance technician Andrew Huntley, a husband and father who is an orbital force in the novel as those who loved him grapple with his loss. Andrew’s best friend, Russell Martin—an anxiety-plagued bartender who calms his nerves with a steady inflow of weed—misses him more than he might a brother. Meanwhile Emma, Russell’s wife—a blackjack dealer at a downtown casino—tries to keep her years-long affair with Andrew hidden. Simon Addison, a manager at the plant who could have saved Andrew’s life, is afflicted by daily remorse, combined with a debilitating knowledge of his own cowardice. And then there’s Maddie, Andrew’s only child, a model high-school student whose response to the tragedy is to experiment with shoplifting and other deviant behavior.

About the Author
David Philip Mullins is the author of Greetings from Below and an associate professor of English at Creighton University. He is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop; and his fiction has appeared in many publications, including The Yale Review, Ecotone, Cimarron Review, Fiction, and Folio.

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