Two-Up
Poetry
5.5 x 8.5, 288 pp.
Pub Date: 02/01/2006
  cloth
Price:        $25.95

978-1-881515-74-6
  paper
Price:        $16.95

978-1-881515-75-3

Published by Texas Review Press
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Two-Up

By Eric Williamson

Novels about the blue-collar world are rare: Seldom does someone near the cellar of society escape to tell the tale. Eric Miles Williamson joined the Laborers Union when he graduated from high school in 1979 and spent seven years as a gunite construction worker, witnessing atrocities that don't make the evening news. Two-Up is Williamson's fictional account of a journey through the nightmare of the American labor inferno.

ERIC MILES WILLIAMSON has been a gunite worker, cement mason, carpet layer, professional trumpet player, mover, lumper, asphalt worker, demolitionist, backhoe operator, forklift operator, college professor, jackhammer operator, architectural engineer, gas station attendant, construction foreman, dump truck driver, and longshoreman. His first novel, East Bay Grease, was a PEN/Hemingway finalist. He lives with his wife, Judy, and their children in rural Missouri.

What Readers Are Saying:

"To read Eric Miles Williamson is to encounter the grim humor of a blue-collar Nathaniel West or the fierceness of a male Flannery O'Connor." --Robert Phillips

"Two-Up is a comi-tragic, western story of gunite workers, the Short-Timers of the construction work genre. Which, of course, there is none. If there did happen to be more than two other books of its kind, I assure you that this surrealistic, hyper-real novel would still be the very best." --Dagoberto Gilb

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