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Product Details

  • Series: Johns Hopkins: Poetry and Fiction
  • Paperback: 120 pages
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press (July 27, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0801870933
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801870934
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.9 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,311,789 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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With deceptively spare prose, Glenn Blake has packed considerable depth, mystery, and sense of place into this debut collection of short stories.

(Si Dunn Dallas Morning News)

These eight stories evoke the mysteries of nature and the human heart and the intersection between the two.

(Fritz Lanham Houston Chronicle)

Blake's prose story-telling style is deceptively simple. He writes in a straightforward manner that belies the complexities of the human experience he is at the same time subtly presenting to his reader.

(Jere Real Richmond Times-Dispatch)

Glenn Blake's stories are ambitious, hard-edged, with much at stake. The starkness of the style is a reflection of the environs in which the stories of Drowned Moon are set... Drowned Moon is a dark, foreboding book—a drowned moon put into print... Each of these stories is tight, finely beveled and curt, eerie. The weight of what is not said is crushing, broods like the hot and damp petrochemical air... In Drowned Moon, Glenn Blake gives us a voice from a place most of us would not inhabit or visit, a place we'd avoid. Yet though we'd likely stay away from Chocolate Bay, such places aren't going away. They're fertile ground for fiction. The rules of engagement there are ancient, universal, brutal and pure.

(Eric Miles Williamson Southern Review)

Let's face it, being born and raised between the Old and Lost Rivers is going to do something permanent to your consciousness, and what it has done in Glenn Blake's case is stick there. So much so that when he writes about it, you can feel it, smell it, taste it, hear it, see it, that strange, lost, unknown corner of Texas. It is a whole other country and Blake gives it to you with all its oddity and mystery, as it is.

(Molly Ivins)

Reticent, closely guarded, and cryptic, Glenn Blake's terse prose partakes of poetry's careful measures. His stories concern rice fields, houses that disappear into the encroaching high water, and the poignantly named Old and Lost Rivers. He has caught with a peculiar mixture of sadness and humor the personality of this rough, modest, and little-known place.

(Rosellen Brown, author of Before and After)

Glenn Blake is an eloquent singer of gulf coast storms and tides, both meteorological and human. This first collection of his stories is a delight.

(John Barth)

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"Let's face it, being born and raised between the Old and Lost Rivers is going to do something permanent to your consciousness, and what it has done in Glenn Blake's case is stick there. So much so that when he writes about it, you can feel it, smell it, taste it, hear it, see it, that strange, lost, unknown corner of Texas. It is a whole other country and Blake gives it to you with all its oddity and mystery, as it is." -- Molly Ivins

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By "booverman" on March 30, 2002
Format: Hardcover
This is a beautiful, haunting collection of stories about a part of the country I have no connection with, yet Blake brings me there, sits me down and says, "Look around." I didn't want to leave. Buy this book and read it again and again.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By "gardini23" on September 11, 2002
Format: Paperback
Glenn Blake is not well known, but gosh I wish he were. The stories in this slim volume opened up worlds for me that I never knew existed. The geography is the obvious definition of the worlds I am talking about, but also the characters. They are fresh, dynamic, and always a bit quirky, though not enough to make them unbelievable. They are perfect people, if there can be such a thing. They argue, they hold grudges, and they live without restraint, but it is these things that make them able to interact with their severe geographical settings.
This is by far the best collection of stories I have read this year. Glenn Blake is an artist of much importance, and I can only hope that he continues to write and produce such beautifully rendered stories. Don't hold the thinness of this volume against the writer. The stories in here breathe new life into the short story form, and it is very rare for an author to do that in their first published collection.
Bravo Mr. Blake, and please don't stop writing. Mr. Blake's gift is one that I hope all of you will explore and enjoy.
Happy reading.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 7, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Terrific short stories about things that matter written in a prose that knows that language might be music. Forget Franzen, buy this one instead. The only thing not first-rate about this book is the type-face, which is weirdly small. What were they thinking? Buy it anyway.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Gail D. Storey on March 15, 2001
Format: Hardcover
To read the short stories in Glenn Blake's Drowned Moon is to swim through a subterranean town like the one in his story "Chocolate Bay," just below the surface of the narrative. These are compelling stories, haunted by the unconscious life of the characters. Blake makes the subtext of their lives palpable by seamlessly interweaving character and setting--swamps and bayous, houses with back porches, dogs in the yards. The exquisite light and color of this world is grounded by the down-to-earth people and their alligators, trucks, fishing, kids. One of the most accomplished stories is "Hazard," about old rivalries between two brothers, with an ending all the more satisfying for taking the reader so completely by surprise. Some of these stories will break your heart, even as Blake's comic sensibility makes you laugh. This is a collection of treasures--literary and humane--not to be missed.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 16, 2001
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I happen to know Glenn personally, and this is a very solid example of his work. The first story is especially good. His work is strongly steeped in Deep Southern culture, and well written. I strongly recommend it to anyone interested in the forefront of American short fiction, expecially those concerned with this near floundering facet of contemporary art.
Nothin' says lovin' like short fiction in the oven.
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