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* Runner-up, 2013 Santa Fe Writers Project Fiction Award

Recent reviews

". . .Most of the stories in [Nights I Dreamed of Hubert Humphrey] are, roughly enough, about people (largely boys and men) trying to find their place in the world, trying to find where they fit. One may fairly/safely expect, therefore, for the stories to be animated by notions of desire, but a trick of desire is that articulating desire depends to a degree on awareness, specifically self-awareness. Mueller's characters are folks of various clenchings, seemingly unable to be clear regarding what's in them, at any depth. The murk of the thing's tidal, or at least it was to me. . . in these stories, such lack of clarity's hugely generative: we read to the end of each of these stories, basically discovering if life is satisfying to these characters while they're processing the same. It's a heady way to read. . . there's zero argument against the power of these stories."
- Weston Cutter, Corduroy Books

"Online, we glibly tell one another 'Pics or it didn't happen,' unaware of that cliché's deep ontological implications, the way it links our existence with our never-ending performance of that existence. At a time when it's difficult to talk about how disconnected we might feel, Mueller's fiction highlights the unspoken and intense suffering and loneliness we often have to endure alone. It's a suffering the world rarely recognizes, but one that endlessly echoes within each of us, no matter how many subdivisions we might raze and rebuild."
- Michael Jauchen, The Rumpus

"What Daniel Mueller provides in his collection, Nights I Dream of Hubert Humphrey, is more like a boxing match during which the opponent switches tactics and moves, and the reader is knocked out with surprises everywhere. . ." - Melanie Page, Necessary Fiction

"Daniel Mueller appears to have great talents that deserve wider reading. His writing has a relaxed terseness that's marvelous." - Peter Kelton, examiner

". . .a strong collection that captures slices of Americana, from its subdivisions and trails, to its skinny jeans, heroin addicts, and orgy-having hippies." - Gina Myers, Fanzine




Daniel Mueller is the author of How Animals Mate, which won the Sewanee Fiction Prize. He is the grateful recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, Massachusetts Cultural Council, and Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. He directs the creative writing program at the University of New Mexico and teaches on the faculty of the Low-Residency MFA Program at Queens University of Charlotte. He lives in Albuquerque.






Nights I Dreamed of Hubert Humphrey
by Daniel Mueller
228 pages
$16.00 paperback ISBN 9781937402495
$9.99 ebook ISBN 9781937402501

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