Joel Mowdy's stories are quietly devastating in their intimate view of often invisible lives - the evicted, the addicted, the probated, the abused, like janitors, Vietnam vets, opioid addicts, graveyard shifters, sex workers, and salaried employees on the brink of homelessness. They're set in a fictional Long Island working class hamlet near Mastic Beach, NY, an area of New York long afflicted with poverty but blessed with natural beauty, where the author himself grew up.
Neighborhoods of small bungalows - formerly vacation homes - with dilapidated boats in the driveways hint at the waterways that open up close by. The beauty of the ocean beach offers further consolation, as does the often high-spirited temperament of youth. Joel Mowdy brings to his affecting collection both personal experience and a gift for discerning and lingering on the essential moments in his characters' stories. He intimately and vividly illuminates American lives that too seldom see the light.
If you loved Claire Vaye Watkins' BATTLEBORN, Andre Dubus III's DIRTY LOVE, Phil Clay's REDEPLOYMENT or the powerful sense of place and class in the fiction of writers like Bonnie Jo Campbell and Charles D'Ambrosio, you'll want to read this.
Joel Mowdy completed the MFA in fiction at the University of Michigan, where he was awarded the Prize in Creative Writing and the Moveen Residency. He grew up with twelve siblings in Mastic Beach, New York, and has worked in progressive education in Mexico, Indonesia, and Lithuania. He now lives in the forest in Lithuania with his wife and son. Floyd Harbor is his first book.
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