Plowing up a snake means to go looking for trouble, and trouble aplenty comes to picture postcard pretty Enoch, New Hampshire, where citizens believe in taking care of their own, even if that means killing someone who just needed killing. Based on a still unsolved murder in 1950s Northern New England, Plowing Up A Snake unearths the snakes barely buried as passions erupt, truth turns cruel, and death follows death. Only two people, Marjorie, the victim’s widow and Clay, his cousin, want facts revealed, and soon they find themselves entangled in Enoch’s wickedness.
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About the Author
A native of Northern New England, Merle Drown has written stories, essays, plays, reviews, and three novels, Plowing Up A Snake, The Suburbs Of Heaven, and Lighting the World. He edited Meteor in the Madhouse, the posthumous novellas of Leon Forrest.
He took his bachelor’s degree at Macalester College. He received his MFA from Goddard College, where his mentors were Richard Rhodes, Richard Ford, and John Irving--back when we were all young. (He hit the trifecta.) He has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the NH Arts Council.
The father of three sons, he mostly lives in Concord, N.H. and Toronto. A hunter-gatherer, he writes, teaches, and freelance edits. He is currently working on a new novel.