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English and Creative Writing

Pike and Bloom

An American odyssey in miniature, Pike and Bloom maps the trajectories of three characters—Pike, Bloom, and Clytie—as they spiral through “the serious blues of Indianapolis,” attempting to construct meaning from the absurd.

Pike, a paranoiac everyman, lays confined in a hospital bed, convinced that the medical staff conspire against him. He flees into the city streets to seek the root of the plot, certain that he is followed. Meanwhile, the romantic, meandering Bloom attempts to make sense of his own conflicting impulses toward both chaos and order. Bloom’s wife Clytie, who suspects her husband of infidelity, follows him from their suburban farmhouse into the refracted, unified field of the city center.

Together, Pike, Bloom, and Clytie navigate the city’s circling and crisscrossing pathways in their attempts to find out what is real.

Matthew Nye is the winner of the 2013-2014 Madeleine P. Plonsker Emerging Writers Residency Prize for his novel Pike and Bloom. Originally from Indiana, Nye is pursuing a PhD at the University of Georgia and is an editor for The Bad Penny Review. He lives in Athens, Georgia.