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Joe MenoThe novel in stories is inherently unstable: is it really a novel, or just a collection in disguise? Even the best of them—Winesburg, Ohio, say, or Go Down, Moses—can suffer from a lack of cohesion, the parts greater than the whole. Happily, Nic Brown's first book, Floodmarkers, avoids the pitfalls of the form while taking full advantage of what it has to offer: the ability to move deftly through time and space, and from one character to the next, to give a detailed account of a particular place…Brown's characters are the kind of small-town blue-collar workers we don't see enough of in fiction anymore…and in Brown's capable hands, they have active interior lives and desires.
—The New York Times