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Only a writer with such a diverse set of skills, life experiences, and writing instinct could produce such original and radical prose. Long-time exhibition fabrication specialist for several New York art institutions, including the Guggenheim and MoMA, Georgia native JD Hollingsworth writes from his Brooklyn home where he’s produced his first two books, soon to be published by Casa Forte Press.

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Overview


Not everybody wants to read a book about a God-struck South Georgia taxidermist, but if you pick this one up and get through the first few pages of exactly replicated, below-the-gnat-line, mushmouth drawl, you’ll be caught up in the world of Ansel Bragg—a world pretty much limited to Utinahica, GA… Ansel runs the Hide ’n Skeet Taxidermy and Gun Range in Utinahica, supported by a cast of finely drawn characters who amble in and out of the action… These people are Middle Georgia hicks, it is true, but the power of Hollingsworth’s writing is such that Ansel encompasses “the human heart in conflict with itself” as fully as anybody in Yoknapatawpha or Milledgeville.
The plot is simple: Ansel gets caught up in a masterpiece of his taxidermy art that ultimately runs him afoul of God and man, as well as the natural world… Hollingsworth’s words spin their magic over us so that (his characters) rise into the realm of great literature, because this becomes not just a story, but life itself. Our own lives, our own world hang in the balance, along with the fate of Ansel Bragg.
John Douglas Hollingsworth has jumped off the subway and hit us upside the head with the human condition.
This book is layered, and it goes deep. 
Source: FLAGPOLE MAGAZINE

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Description


This is a novella that is the first of an interrelated trilogy, illuminated by the author's eerie, woodcut-like illustrations...

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Overview


Not everybody wants to read a book about a God-struck South Georgia taxidermist, but if you pick this one up and get through the first few pages of exactly replicated, below-the-gnat-line, mushmouth drawl, you’ll be caught up in the world of Ansel Bragg—a world pretty much limited to Utinahica, GA… Ansel runs the Hide ’n Skeet Taxidermy and Gun Range in Utinahica, supported by a cast of finely drawn characters who amble in and out of the action… These people are Middle Georgia hicks, it is true, but the power of Hollingsworth’s writing is such that Ansel encompasses “the human heart in conflict with itself” as fully as anybody in Yoknapatawpha or Milledgeville.
The plot is simple: Ansel gets caught up in a masterpiece of his taxidermy art that ultimately runs him afoul of God and man, as well as the natural world… Hollingsworth’s words spin their magic over us so that (his characters) rise into the realm of great literature, because this becomes not just a story, but life itself. Our own lives, our own world hang in the balance, along with the fate of Ansel Bragg.
John Douglas Hollingsworth has jumped off the subway and hit us upside the head with the human condition.
This book is layered, and it goes deep. 
Source: FLAGPOLE MAGAZINE

Read more

Description


This is a novella that is the first of an interrelated trilogy, illuminated by the author's eerie, woodcut-like illustrations...

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Book details

Genre:FICTION

Subgenre:Gothic

Language:English

Pages:160

Format:Paperback

Paperback ISBN:9788409065943


Overview


Not everybody wants to read a book about a God-struck South Georgia taxidermist, but if you pick this one up and get through the first few pages of exactly replicated, below-the-gnat-line, mushmouth drawl, you’ll be caught up in the world of Ansel Bragg—a world pretty much limited to Utinahica, GA… Ansel runs the Hide ’n Skeet Taxidermy and Gun Range in Utinahica, supported by a cast of finely drawn characters who amble in and out of the action… These people are Middle Georgia hicks, it is true, but the power of Hollingsworth’s writing is such that Ansel encompasses “the human heart in conflict with itself” as fully as anybody in Yoknapatawpha or Milledgeville.
The plot is simple: Ansel gets caught up in a masterpiece of his taxidermy art that ultimately runs him afoul of God and man, as well as the natural world… Hollingsworth’s words spin their magic over us so that (his characters) rise into the realm of great literature, because this becomes not just a story, but life itself. Our own lives, our own world hang in the balance, along with the fate of Ansel Bragg.
John Douglas Hollingsworth has jumped off the subway and hit us upside the head with the human condition.
This book is layered, and it goes deep. 
Source: FLAGPOLE MAGAZINE

Read more

Description


This is a novella that is the first of an interrelated trilogy, illuminated by the author's eerie, woodcut-like illustrations...

Read more

About the author


Only a writer with such a diverse set of skills, life experiences, and writing instinct could produce such original and radical prose. Long-time exhibition fabrication specialist for several New York art institutions, including the Guggenheim and MoMA, Georgia native JD Hollingsworth writes from his Brooklyn home where he’s produced his first two books, soon to be published by Casa Forte Press.

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