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Floodmarkers Paperback – June 19, 2009
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"Like Sherwood Anderson, Brown is essentially a still-life artist; he eschews plot for portraiture, the linear for the lateral." BookForum
Floodmarkers is . . . about the life of our times, stories starring lovable slackers and beautiful failures from a generation we haven’t even bothered to name yet. And there are dogs in itlots of them, both dead and alivewhich helped clinch its spot on my List of Favorite Books, right after The Moviegoer and just before Cathedral. Smart and funny and sexy, Floodmarkers is more than just art: it’s art on a motorcycle.”
Daniel Wallace, author of Big Fish
Nic Brown is the most talented new writer I’ve come across. This first book of his is reminiscent of Sherwood Anderson’s Winesburg, Ohio in both its structure and its tragi-comedic view of a small town and the subsequent sufferings and joys of its inhabitants. Brown’s prose is beautiful and his empathy and insight into the human condition is breathtaking.”
Jonathan Ames, author of Wake Up, Sir! and The Extra Man
Floodmarkers is funny, warm, insightful, and very, very moving. Nic Brown has written a beautiful depiction of contemporary Southern life in a small towna compassionate portrait of hopeful, striving people. (Not to mention the sex, drugs, and hurricane.)”
Chris Offutt, author of No Heroes
Nic Brown’s writing is so smooth it slips into your veins. Read the opening pages of Floodmarkers and you’re hooked on these interwoven stories that are as volatile, unpredictable and irresistible as the hurricane that holds them together. When the storm rips the lid off this humble town it exposes a motley ensemble of flawed, hopeful and quietly desperate young characters. There is more humanity overflowing on these pages than on most works of fiction twice its size.” Jim Lynch, author of The Highest Tide
Nic Brown is a wonderful new writer and Floodmarkers is a wonderful new book. Brown’s prose is full of snap, crackle and pop. His characters are so vivid they jump off the page, and the dialogue is some of the best I’ve read in years. He gives us an important vision of the contemporary South in a time of prosperity and woe, yet the stories are funny and full of life. Floodmarkers is simply delicious. Bon Appetit!” Randall Kenan, author of Let the Dead Bury Their Dead
Nic Brown writes with a clear eye and deep sympathies. The stories in this fine first collection show a writer already beginning to hit what promises to be a very big stride.” Pam Durban, author of So Far Back
Top Customer Reviews
I devoured it quickly, handing it off to my favorite barista (at my favorite coffee shop) the next morning - READ this, I said. (she did, loved it, and passed along to another friend!)
Brown's voice, is refreshingly honest.
He's not trying to woo anyone with clever words, and metaphors and his ability to turn a pretty phrase (though he can do all of that)! He's the kind of author you forget exists because the character's voices are so strong.
Brown says it like it is - the bad, the ugly, the profane and oddly wonderful.
Twelve stories, linked by an hurricane - not just any hurricane, 1984's monster; Hurricane Hugo.
Don't assume that this is a book solely centered on a destructive/act of nature.
Sure, an auspice weatherman gives us a report in his chirpy(don't give a damn) sing-song voice between slices of human drama ... but that's the touchstone that propels the characters forward - you're dying to find out - will the hurricane destroy before the human's do?
Take the characters out of the eye of the hurricane, and place them in another inclement disaster zone - and you will have the same age old stories: love, death, fear, longing, passion and new beginnings.
Floodmarkers, is a fabulous read with incredible snapshots of what it means to be human.
Get a copy, read, pass along and wait (like me) for the Indy film!
I loved the timeframe of the book and he really took me into the lives of the people. I was crying and laughing and loving the depth of compassion he revealed for each character.
I've never written a review before so I'm gonna stop now. But, I really hope everyone reads this book, especially on a rainy day! It'll take away the glooms and dooms and you'll be sad when the stories and lives of those folks are over. At least I was! Keep writing Nic Brown! And thanks.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great writing; real literary observation and exposition. Fascinating stories of interesting people centered around a town and a hurricane. Read morePublished 2 months ago by J. Turner
Great book, fun read. Brown writes with true skill, and brings the characters to life with humor and sadness. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Wine Lover
I definitely loved reading Floodmarkers. Each short story brought in a new experience with Hurricane Hugo and all its fury. Read morePublished on February 2, 2011 by Michelle