West Virginia University
(Crossing Over, one of the most beautiful and terrifying w...)
Crossing Over, one of the most beautiful and terrifying works to be written about Vietnam, launched Richard Currey's literary career. This collection of prose poems, vignettes of life during wartime, was begun shortly after Currey finished a four-year stint as a Navy corpsman. It was selected as best title of the year by Library Journal.
(Lost Highway tells the story of Sapper Reeves, a gifted c...)
Lost Highway tells the story of Sapper Reeves, a gifted country musician and songwriter working the rainy backroads and forlorn taverns of the southern mountains in the years after World War II. Leaving his wife and son behind in his small West Virginia hometown, he is able to make only a paltry living with his music, and finds that his talent is as underappreciated as the country he and his band travel through. Eventually Sapper reaches a crisis of faith, one that reverberates from the ragged hope of the Eisenhower era to the anguish of Vietnam, where his son serves as a Marine. A nuanced and poetic first-person narrative, Lost Highway is at once the story of a brilliant musician's struggle for self-respect and artistic integrity and a textured portrait of an American family - a father's complex love for his son, a combat veteran's endurance and dignity, and a redeeming love affair that crosses half a century. In its lyricism, range, and maturity.
(A devastating portrait of war in all its horror, brutalit...)
A devastating portrait of war in all its horror, brutality, and mindlessness, this extraordinary novel is written in beautifully cadenced prose. A combat medic in Vietnam faces the chaos of war, set against the tranquil scenes of family life back home in small-town America. This young man's rite of passage is traced through jungle combat to malaria-induced fever visions to the purgatory of life in military-occupied Saigon. After returning home from war to stay with his grandfather, he confronts his own shattered personal history and the mysterious human capacity for renewal.
(The lives of the working class in West Virginia—a train e...)
The lives of the working class in West Virginia—a train engineer, an epileptic, coal miners and outlaws, the fragile and dispossessed—are explored in this powerful yet tender collection of six short stories and a novella. They depict an isolated world of hardship, human endurance, and hard-won dignity and are a lyrical rendering of times and places now largely gone—but the stirring clarity of people and landscape can persist in the reader's imagination.
Currey attended West Virginia University from 1972 to 1974 and Howard University from 1976 to 1979.
Currey started his career, serving in the US Navy from 1968 to 1972. He also taught at the University of New Mexico and was a distinguished writer in residence at Chesterfield Film Co. Now he works as a freelance writer, giving readings from his works.
(The lives of the working class in West Virginia—a train e...)2012
(Lost Highway tells the story of Sapper Reeves, a gifted c...)1997
(A devastating portrait of war in all its horror, brutalit...)2009
(Crossing Over, one of the most beautiful and terrifying w...)1993
(Poetic sketches recreate the memories of a doctor's Vietn...)1980