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Homunculus Hardcover – March 20, 2009

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Unemployed playwright Hector Owen’s few theatrical successes are long behind him. Languishing at home while his emotionally distant wife earns a paycheck, he still manages to keep his eccentric imagination running at fever pitch. One night, after enduring a protracted bellyache, he watches as a slimy little man, or homunculus, crawls out his navel and burrows under the bed. Cleaned up and kept hidden from his wife and neighbors, the homunculus, who calls himself Robin, quickly becomes a much-needed friend and sounding board for Hector’s creative and sexual frustrations. But Robin has a nasty side that personifies Hector’s repressed urges, including one that may involve avenging an early marital wound and plotting to murder his wife. Stubblefield draws on his own playwriting experience to deliver crisp dialogue and penetrating character studies. Despite its horror-genre motifs, Homunculus is a psychologically probing tale of a dysfunctional marriage’s effect on literary ambitions, and its portrait of neurotic impulses made flesh is one readers won’t soon forget. --Carl Hays, Booklist, Vol. 105, No. 16, April 15, 2009

About the Author

Jerry Stubblefield is a sixties survivor, experienced in hallucinations of various kinds and able to walk comfortably next to realities unshared with the neighbors. The playwright-turned-novelist graduated from the drama school at the University of Texas at Austin and is a recipient of the Samuel French Award. He is a member of the Ensemble Studio Theatre and studied under renowned playwrights Arthur Miller, David Henry Hwang and Wendy Wasserstein. He currently teaches creative writing and playwrighting in Asheville, North Carolina, where he lives with his wife and daughter. His son is musician Nick Stubblefield.

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  • Item Weight : 16 ounces
  • Hardcover : 256 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 0930773918
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0930773915
  • Product Dimensions : 5.6 x 1.2 x 8.6 inches
  • Language: : English
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