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The Moving of the Water
The Moving of the Water
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David Lloyd - Author
Excelsior Editions
Price: $19.95 
Paperback - 150 pages
Release Date: September 2018
ISBN13: 978-1-4384-7228-7



Stories anchored in the Welsh American immigrant experience.

David Lloyd’s The Moving of the Water is the first work of fiction to draw from—and recreate—the Welsh American immigrant experience. Anchored in the community of first, second, and third generation Welsh Americans in Utica, New York, during the 1960s, the stories delve into universal concerns: identity, home, religion, language, culture, belonging, personal and national histories, mortality. Unflinching in their portrayal of the traumas and conflicts of fictional Welsh Americans, these stories also embrace multiple communities and diverse experiences in linked, innovative narratives: soldiers fighting in World War I and in Vietnam, the criminal underworld, the poignant struggles of children and adults caught between old and new worlds. A boy in a fairy-tale themed amusement park meets himself as he might be in ten years. A man estranged from his wife and daughter walks into his church at night to commit suicide—and receives a startling revelation. An alcoholic and his great nephew forge an unforeseen intimacy after a chance meeting in a bar. And in the title story, a fiercely independent elderly woman, protecting her proscribed life from the incursions of a neighborhood boy, meditates on suffering and mortality. The complexly damaged characters of these surprising and affecting stories seek transformation and revelation, healing and regeneration: a sometimes traumatic “moving of the water.”

“This collection of stories has a great-grandfather: Joyce’s Dubliners. Like Joyce’s, Lloyd’s stories are in the realist mode, yet sometimes broken up with startling, dream-like, hallucinatory passages that are decisive in opening up another range of experience. The prose is accessible and inviting and the forward thrust of his writing is irresistible. The final title story is magnificent, no other word will do, and it recalls ‘The Dead,’ the concluding story of Joyce’s book. If Joyce were from Utica, New York, as Lloyd is, he’d have written this book and called it Uticans.” — Frank Lentricchia, author of The Music of the Inferno

“A unique collection of stories that are sometimes puzzling, sometimes moving, sometimes enigmatic, and sometimes crystal clear, but always profoundly interesting.” — Jan Morris, author of A Writer’s House in Wales

David Lloyd is Professor of English and Director of the Creative Writing Program at Le Moyne College. His previous books include the novel Over the Line, the short-story collection Boys: Stories and a Novella, and the poetry collections Warriors, The Gospel According to Frank, and The Everyday Apocalypse. He is also the editor of Imagined Greetings: Poetic Engagements with R. S. Thomas, Other Land: Contemporary Poems on Wales and Welsh-American Experience, Writing on the Edge: Interviews with Writers and Editors of Wales, and The Urgency of Identity: Contemporary English-Language Poetry from Wales. He lives in upstate New York.

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