Monday, November 05, 2012

Floodmarkers, by Nic Brown

Floodmarkers, by Nic Brown

Set in North Carolina when Hurricane Hugo came ashore, Floodmarkers is a collection of loosely connected character studies. What sets it apart from other similarly structured works like Winesburg, Ohio or Our Town is seeing how the stress of the hurricane affects everyone: as the flood rises, so do tensions. A pedophile whose secret is exposed by the water and a grandfather robbed by a gypsy are only two of the unique characters found within. Both disturbing and funny at the same time, this book isn't always upbeat but well-suited for a rainy afternoon.

First Sentence:
The lights were off but the glass door was unlocked and Cliff followed Matthew into the tanning salon.

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