Drowned Moon

Drowned Moon

by Glenn Blake
     
 

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The rivers of southeast Texas provide a haunting landscape for Glenn Blake's fictional characters who are "adrift in their own lives."
The stories in Drowned Moon are set in Southeast Texas, where the Old and the Lost Rivers meet and empty into the bay. This unique geographic location, with its unpredictable waters, its sinking swamps, its bayous and sloughs,… See more details below

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The rivers of southeast Texas provide a haunting landscape for Glenn Blake's fictional characters who are "adrift in their own lives."
The stories in Drowned Moon are set in Southeast Texas, where the Old and the Lost Rivers meet and empty into the bay. This unique geographic location, with its unpredictable waters, its sinking swamps, its bayous and sloughs, provides a haunting landscape for Glenn Blake's characters—Jessie in "Old River," searching for stability in the aftermath of a hurricane; Hannah in "Open Season," trying to save her doves from an unusual birthday gift; or Drew in "Chocolate Bay," raising his son in a house on a peninsula, isolated from the rest of town. Blake's stories proclaim the lives of those who "find themselves awash in their own worlds, adrift in their own lives—people who salvage what they can of their hopes and dreams from the encroaching tides."

Editorial Reviews

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

— Si Dunn

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

— Fritz Lanham

Richmond Times-Dispatch
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

Southern Review
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

Dallas Morning News - Si Dunn

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

Houston Chronicle - Fritz Lanham

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

Richmond Times-Dispatch - Jere Real

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.

Southern Review - Eric Miles Williamson

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.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801865497
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date:
12/27/2000
Series:
Poetry and Fiction Series
Pages:
120
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.26(h) x 0.66(d)

What People are saying about this

Rosellen Brown

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.

Molly Ivins

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.

John Barth

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.

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