Winner of the inaugural South Carolina First Novel Competition, sponsored by the S.C. Arts Commission
Sarah West takes a temporary job at her father's South Carolina steel mill the summer before college, hoping for relief from the chaos of her psychotic and often institutionalized mother. But from the first day of June to the waning days of August, relief is the last thing Sarah finds. Soon after she moves into her separated father's housemore like an industrial museum than a hometragic news about her mother arrives.
The haunting funeral coincides with Sarah's first love affair. Her lover is a fellow mill worker, a teenaged vigilante muralist named Edgewood who lives in an abandoned jail on the outskirts of town. Sarah and Edgewood share artistic gifts but hesitate at the door between adolescence and adulthood. While Edgewood struggles to develop confidence in his work, Sarah finds her own artistic endeavors haunted by grim yet compelling memories of growing up under the rule of an inexplicably deranged artist on one side and an oddly aloof, workaholic entrepreneur on the other.
Confronted with danger and death at the mill, Sarah and Edgewood bury themselves deep in their artwork. As their relationship grows, Edgewood helps Sarah overcome the loss of her mother. In the end, however, Sarah faces a greater challenge: domesticating her own inner demons while tending to her first lover's uncertainty in himself.
|Publisher:||Hub City Writers Project|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)|
About the Author
Brian Ray grew up in Marietta, Georgia, and now lives in Greensboro, North Carolina, where he is completing a Ph.D. in English at UNC-Greensboro. He earned his Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of South Carolina, where he taught courses in writing and literature. He is a winner of the 2007 James Dickey Prize for Short Story; the 2005 James Dickey Prize for Poetry; and the 2007 S.C. Fiction Project. He was also a finalist for the 2007 Pirate's Alley Faulkner Society Award for the Novella.