Congratulations On Your Martyrdom! by Zachary Tyler VickersCongratulations On Your Martyrdom! by Zachary Tyler Vickers

Congratulations On Your Martyrdom!

byZachary Tyler Vickers

Paperback | June 1, 2016

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Searing, troubling, and funny, these revolutionary, linked stories flit and dart among the shadows of small town life, and the touching and heartbreaking characters that occupy it. Employees use roadkill instead of faux pelts during a build-a-critter battle for mall supremacy. Former band geeks are harassed with mutilated musical instruments and then murdered. The collection is haunted by allusions to a fatal cannonball jump that crescendos in the explosive final story. An extraordinary addition to the canon of gonzo fiction, Congratulations on Your Martyrdom! introduces Zachary Tyler Vickers as an exciting new author whose unflinching prose grabs you and won't let go.

Zachary Tyler Vickers is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop where he was the Provost's Fellow. He is recipient of the Richard Yates Prize and the Clark Fisher Ansley Prize, and his stories have appeared in numerous journals. His website is
Title:Congratulations On Your Martyrdom!Format:PaperbackDimensions:202 pages, 8 × 5 × 0.68 inPublished:June 1, 2016Publisher:Indiana University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0253019818

ISBN - 13:9780253019813


Table of Contents

Disfigured Paper Animals
Elvis The Pelvis
Not All The Dominoes Having Yet Fallen
That Which Has No Fixed Order
Everything in Relation to Everything Else
My Kind of Utmost Tender
Acutely Angled
Tighter, Goodbye
The Cry

Editorial Reviews

"This is a collection full of lingering stories and lovely lines, and it introduces Vickers as a vital new writer. His stories occupy a unique middle zone between the memorably bizarre and the movingly sweet-hearted, the deeply felt and the dementedly funny. He's also a tireless stylist, capturing his characters' sad-sack vernacular and tweaking every sentence until it yields some tongue-twisting lyricism." -Bennett Sims, author ofA Questionable Shape