If Holden Caulfield had grown up in an age of environmental politics he might sound like Cute Eats Cute's 15-year-old narrator. Set in a Midwestern town at the turn of the millennium, Sam's mother embraces Wicca, his dad dials in talk radio, and his eco-warrior friends shift into hyper-drive as the community goes up in arms when deer are slated for culling from a large urban park.Organically wrapped in paradox and irony, Cute Eats Cute explores the many false utopias its characters embrace. Sam discovers the human condition is really about finding out which tribe you're in, and in doing so, learns to navigate the turbulent waters of this so-called life.Cute Eats Cute -- the title taken from a speech Sam's dad makes at his high school defending the urban deer hunt-- encapsulates how animals eat one another for survival and defense. And the food chain never sleeps. The satirical jabs at the men's movement, the deafening but impressionable rhetoric of the gun-toting Christian right group, The Hunters of Men, and the fragile friendship of Sam's school chums (who are each facing down their own personal issues against their blind ecology crusade) all conspire to make Murphy's novel a page-turning delight. But it's not without its carefully constructed messages.
C. gives an overview of the book:
We were having breakfast on Ecoday morning, and as usual at the kitchen table, Perry and I elbowed for reading space. He was reading Garfield’s Lasagna Halloween—the same book he read over and over. I was reading Storm Nebula,a book I tended to read when I was worried. . . I felt as if I were eating my last meal, which unfortunately was sugar-free and pesticide-free granola with rice milk, Megan’s favorite.
Though a parent of an avid reader who has recently moved on to sophisticated, “adult” literature, I never thought of myself as a writer for the young adult market. From the feedback and Facebook "likes" Cute Eats Cute receives, I've been proven wrong. The 15 year old narrator Sam insists that it is his story-and readers agree. Enjoy!
I have published two novels (Cute Eats Cute, Zoographico Press, 2011, and End of Men, Zoographico Press, 2012) and am currently at work on my third book, Bardo Zsa Zsa. As a past recipient of first prize for fiction at the Southampton...
One of the fiercest annual political/social battles in Minnesota is fought over deer. This year was no exception. Some folks in metro-area suburbs want bowhunters to cull the herds. Others argue...