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.
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The Suburbs of Heaven
by Merle Drown
Why would easy-going, likable Jim Hutchins pick up a twelve-gauge and head for his sworn enemy? The IRS threatening to garnish his mechanic’s wages? His kids providing the police department full-time employment? His grief-sodden wife making money by dancing naked for his brother-in-law? Better ask what’s kept him from picking it up before—His wits? His keen insights into human pretension?
Plowing Up A Snake
by Merle Drown
Plowing Up A Snake, based on a still unsolved murder in the 1950s, gives a striking portrait of a small New Hampshire town’s reaction to the murder of one of its least-liked citizens by some of its most respectable.
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