Colorado, 1919. Photographer Neal
Stephens, home from the War, is blackmailed by the sheriff
over his secret marriage to a black woman in France. When
the sheriff is murdered, Neal's investigation calls up
memories of the trenches and his search for his dead wife,
as he untangles the connections among the murder, the
coalminers' strike, and his mysterious anarchist father.
"The novel's unfiltered lens reveals war's
cost to the human psyche, the amorality of concentrated
wealth, the cancer of racial and ethnic hatred, and the
nearly unresolvable conflict between familial loyalty and
"In the Somme Valley a
British soldier teaches his fellows to hide cigarette coals
inside their mouths. Half a world away, a war-ruined
photographer drinks in a bar beneath a Colorado butchery,
blood dripping from the floorboards into ashtrays. Gutierrez
writes with a metaphorical gift and fine hand of an age of
war and upheaval where anarchists, coal barons, Pinkertons,
corrupt police, broken idealists, and broken families fight
to claim history's muddied field. . . . The
Trench Angel announces
a great new talent set to shine for a long time."
—Alexander Parsons, Leaving
"Breathes new, vivid life
into the old wild west."
—Mat Johnson, Pym
"Gutierrez's splendid debut
bypasses the archives, whisking us straightaway into the
seedy saloons, the twisting back alleys, and the trenches. .
. . Like Denis Johnson's Train
Dreams, this potent, lyrical novel unspools beyond its
own time and lands squarely, unforgettably in our own."
—Tim Horvath, Understories
About the Author
MFA (fiction) and MA (history), teaches in the
Department of English and Comparative Literature at UNC
Chapel Hill, and has published in many literary
Trench Angel was
a finalist for the James Jones First Novel Fellowship.
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