McKean County and Other Stories
Matt Lang, author
McKean County, Pennsylvania is located in the Allegheny Mountains, three hundred miles north of Pittsburgh, ninety miles south of Buffalo, New York, and twenty-five years behind anywhere else. Matt Lang grew up there and moved away. He lives in Chicago now. So begins the title story from this startling debut collection of short-stories. In “Key West”, “Manila, Mindoro, Manila”, and “McKean, County”, Matt Lang is a man a notch or two out of place. “384 Miles to Omaha” is an unflinching look at the consequences of a father who thinks he has no choice. “Back to Ur” is the fable of a father who knows he has a choice, but is conflicted about what to choose. “A Hot Dog Love Story” is, well, a love story. With a hot dog in it. Full of equal parts humor and heartbreak, McKean County and Other Stories will keep you off balance even as it pulls you in deeper.