THE FLOODMAKERS is the astute rendering of one Southern family’s struggle to survive the stormy heat of a summer tempest and its own powerful emotional undertows. Mylène Dressler’s work has been hailed by the New York Times as “splendid” and by the Christian Science Monitor as “haunting, demanding . . . perfect.” Now the critically acclaimed author of The Deadwood Beetle and The Medusa Tree returns with a “tense interior drama” (Library Journal) marked by a “baroque, Tennessee Williams flavor” (Kirkus Reviews) that weaves together the lives and stories of five strong-willed characters who have one last chance to strengthen their family's bond...or break it.
"Thorny questions of love and ambition, family and inheritance, and life and death . . . Echoing Truman Capote in her gin-and-tonic humor and quirky charm, Dressler crafts hilariously poisonous dialogue and offers startling disclosures in a devilish little tale that could be titled, 'Whose Life Is It Anyway?'"
"When the what-it-all-comes-down-to punch is delivered on the closing pages, the tender trap that is family life is sprung and its hidden underpinnings are revealed as if by a rising curtain . . . This book is worth the price of admission."
The Miami Herald
"Ms. Dressler's third novel reflects a sureness of style . . . She excels at authentic character and setting. You know the people; you smell the sea air, feel the grit of sand . . . you will feel that, like Ibsen's, these characters exist somewhere, along the coast."
The Dallas Morning News