THE IRON BOYS ISBN: 978-0-936050-35-5 EVENTS
The Iron Boys is a novel in the form of an eccentric monologueâ€”indeed a rambling oral historyâ€”by one Corbel Penner who brings the reader, through his unique language, obsessions, and relationships, deeply inside the mentality of another time. Corbel becomes a member of a secret, quasi-Luddite band of rebels in the early 1800s. The center point of his circuitous narrative is the destruction of George Withyâ€™s textile factory by a motley band of â€śrebels against the future.â€ť The actual Luddites, and their three years of machine breaking, are to this day mysterious, and Iâ€™ve taken that historical murk as license to postulate a deeper, perhaps alchemical layer of transformation. Rather than narrate â€śhistorical eventsâ€ť from an omniscient distance, I clung to Corbelâ€™s voice and followed wherever it led me. His monologue conveys not primarily the â€śstory,â€ť which emerges of its own accord, but the dislocations, the rants and daydreams, the idiocies and inspirations, accruing as the social contract is frayed. â€”Thomas Frick
THOMAS FRICK was born in Kentucky and lives in Los Angeles where he is a writer, editor, and publishing consultant. He has received awards and fellowships for his writingâ€”short fiction and essaysâ€”which have been widely published. This is his first novel.
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