Soldiers, Hunters, Not Cowboys (Paperback)

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'Cat Person' meets Station Eleven in this apocalyptic depiction of toxic masculinity.

An unnamed man is spending the evening with his ex-girlfriend. She's obsessed with the 1956 John Wayne classic The Searchers, and she recounts the story as a way for them to talk about their histories, their families, maybe even their relationship. But as he gets more drunk and belligerent, she gets more and more uncomfortable with him being in her home.

And then, the next day, a mysterious catastrophic event befalls Toronto, and our protagonist must trek across the city to find Melanie. His quest spirals into increasing violence, bloodshed, and hallucinations as he moves west through the confusion and chaos of the city.

Using the tropes of both the Western and the disaster movie, Soldiers, Hunters, Not Cowboys looks at the violence of our contemporary masculinity, and its deep roots in shaping our culture. A suspenseful and thought-provoking evocation of our current moment.

About the Author

Aaron Tucker is a poet and a scholar. He is the author of two collections of poetry, irresponsible mediums: the chesspoems of Marcel Duchamp and punchlines. His first novel, Y, was published with Coach House Books. He currently lives in Toronto.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781552454626
ISBN-10: 1552454622
Publisher: Coach House Books
Publication Date: June 6th, 2023
Pages: 160
Language: English