About the Author:
DOUG HOWERY has been writing both fiction and essays since 1990. His essays and familial stories have appeared in The Blue Ridge Lambda Press.
In many of his stories, as in The Grass Sweeper ‘God’, Mr. Howery’s true lode, his font of inspiration is in the passion and life he has experienced.
Suspense author, Maggie Grace, with the North Carolina Writers’ Network writes about her cohort Mr. Howery: “What I like is the riskiness, the cutting edge of the narrative voice we hear. The moments when he lapses into descriptions of the moon, of the horse, etc. are true poetry that offers some relief from the coarseness of the story, and he places them well. He has an ear for the rhythm of the story, a natural sense of when to end—hangs fire with a new way of looking at someone or something, turning the entire chapter on its ear. I like the way he makes it impossible for the reader to stop reading at the end of the chapter.”
Mr. Howery lives at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Where to find Doug Howery online
The Grass Sweeper God
The Grass Sweeper God is set in the “Godforsaken” backwoods of Appalachia coal country. This rural setting is juxtaposed with the urban city streets of NYC during the volatile ‘60s. Two rural Virginia characters; Smiley Hanlon who is transgender (Permelia Corn) and Lee Moore (gay) the grandson of a bootlegger bring about nationwide social change in 1969.
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