Ancient Oceans of Central Kentucky

Ancient Oceans of Central Kentucky

The boys howled. In their pockets, eye droppers of gin. They skipped to their car with eyes wide open and sped into the night, down gray county roads, grieving over nothing they could name, beating the dashboard with their fists. Near dawn they broke into a cemetery and pissed on the first angel they could find.

Leah's little brother, Jacob, disappeared when the pair were younger, a tragedy that haunts her still. When a grown man arrives at the non-profit Leah directs claiming to be Jacob, she is wrenched back to her childhood, an iridescent tableau of family joy and strife, swimming at the lake, sneaking candy, late-night fears, and the stories told to quell them.

Ancient Oceans of Central Kentucky is a wrecking-ball of a novel that attempts to give meaning and poetry to everything that comprises small-town life in central Kentucky. Listen: they are the ghost stories that children tell one another, the litter that skirts the gulley, the lines at department stores.

Ancient Oceans of Central Kentucky reads as though Anne Carson and Maggie Nelson wrote a more focused Antwerp and based it in central Kentucky. A gorgeous, haunting, prismatic jewel of a book.

David Connerley Nahm was born and raised in a small town in central Kentucky. Currently, he lives in the mountains of Virginia where he practices law and teaches law and literature at James Madison University. His short stories have appeared in Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet, Trunk Stories, Eyeshot, and on McSweeney's Internet Tendency.

Title:Ancient Oceans of Central Kentucky
ISBN:9781937512200
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    Ancient Oceans of Central Kentucky Reviews

  • karen

    this is a lyrical and nonlinear little punch of a book which concerns itself with the life and memories of a woman named leah who runs a nonprofit for low-income women who are victims of domestic abus...

  • Diane S ?

    3.5 I first had a problem getting into the language and format of this novel. It is non-linear, stream of consciousness novel that skips back and forth, often on the same page. Yet, the prose and the ...

  • Alicia

    http://wordnerdy.blogspot.com/2014/02...OK, so, full disclosure: David is a friend of mine, and is honestly one of my favorite people, so even though he asked me to be objective, this is still basical...

  • Tuck

    you know kentucky is haunted right? no tribes actually lived there, oh sure there was hunting and gathering, and i guess the old one lived in caves waaaay back when, but who would live in a haunted la...

  • Nicholas Rombes

    It's like entering a dream that you don't want to leave. ...

  • Stuart Smith

    Some very beautiful prose here, but it felt like a short story crammed full of slam poetry like writings. I would read another novel by Nahm, but this was a very rough first novel to get through. ...

  • Sylvia

    confusing and hard to follow and equally hard to stay interested in....

  • Lisa Connors

    If you need a cogent storyline to follow, you won't find it here. While the author's elusive tactics add to the mystery, we all require some point of focus to capture our attention. Their are glimmers...

  • Colton

    I haven't read a novel with this much atmosphere in a long time. The feeling of dread hangs over every page, propelling you forward even through the dense fog of words to the ending, which leaves the ...

  • Full Stop

    http://www.full-stop.net/2014/09/01/r...Review by Alex HoustonAncient Oceans of Central Kentucky will challenge you. It will leave you dizzy, wistful, and drained, like you might feel if you mounted o...