Drops on the Water: Stories about Growing Up from a Father and Son

Drops on the Water: Stories about Growing Up from a Father and Son

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Overview

Drops on the Water is a book about the childhood experiences of a father and son, and their gradual entrance into adulthood. It traces the similarities and differences between distinct generations in their unique geographical environments. From the suburbs and fairgrounds of the United States to the majesty and beauty of the Swiss Alps, from a beach in Nicaragua to a gum plantation in Zululand, these stories jump between Europe and America, east and west coast, and the African continent. They trace the inheritance of World War II, of German nationality, of the shock of a friend’s suicide to a classmate’s overdose. The anxieties of early love and rural small town life are balanced against changes seen in the familial sphere across generations. Apartheid inequities, corporal punishment in strict prep schools, a friend’s illicit affair with an African maid, hitchhiking barefoot, and a scheduled Ping-Pong match with the Prince of Liechtenstein, all coalesce in a book that brings to life the circumstances that bind its authors to history, family, generation, and place. ADVANCE PRAISE: “These simultaneously personal, yet universal, utterly recognizable incidents have been delivered to the page with perspicacity, humor, and a poet’s eye.” – Glen Berger, award-winning playwright, winner of two Emmys and author of Song of Spider-Man, The Inside Story of the Most Controversial Musical in Broadway History

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781627200110
Publisher: Apprentice House
Publication date: 04/15/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 280
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Eric G. Müller studied literature and history at the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa. He continued his studies in England and Germany, where he specialized in drama and music education. Together with his family he moved to Eugene, Oregon, where he taught for eight years. Currently he is living in upstate New York, teaching music, drama, English literature and creative writing. He has written two novels, Rites of Rock (Adonis Press, 2005) and Meet Me at the Met (Plain View Press, 2010), as well as a collection of poetry, Coffee on the Piano for You (Adonis Press, 2008). His most recent publication, The Invisible Boat (Waldorf Publications, 2013) is a book for children. Poetry, articles and short stories have appeared in many journals, anthologies and magazines. ericgmuller.com

Matthew Zanoni Müller was born in Bochum, Germany and grew up in Eugene, Oregon and Upstate New York. After earning his BA from Emerson College, he received his MFA from Warren Wilson’s MFA Program for Writers. He teaches in his local Community College System and currently shuttles between western Mass and upstate New York. His writing has appeared in numerous magazines and journals and this is his first book. matthewzanonimuller.com

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