The perfect Labor Day read

Thanks to American Short Fiction, you can sample Matthew Neill Null’s debut novel before it lands on bookstore shelves tomorrow. As editor Rebecca Markovits writes, “Honey from the Lion tells a grand story: of work, and love, and sex; of faith and doubt, jealousy and revolution; of politics and unions; of industry and sloth, luck, and great misfortune. But it is intimate in its approach to the individual. The hopes and failures of timber wolf Cur Greathouse, Null’s modest hero, are presented with the same reverence as are the awful transformations of time. As Seldomridge tells his shrinking congregation, ‘We are made in the image of a great disenchantment.’ This novel, from which we are pleased here to present an excerpt, celebrates the greatness in that disenchantment.”