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The Floodmakers
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Mylene gives an overview of the book:

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...
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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?'"
Booklist

"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

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About Mylene

Mylene Dressler is the author of three novels, "The Medusa Tree," "The Deadwood Beetle," and "The Floodmakers," and the novella "The Wedding of Anna F.", as well as essays and lyrical nonfiction (The Kenyon Review, Creative NonFiction, and others). She teaches creative...

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Published Reviews

Jul.08.2013

Mylène Dressler's second novel is permeated by guilt and memory. Tristan Martens, an aging Dutch professor of entomology at a New York university, is wandering through an antique shop when he's confronted...