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Loudermilk

Loudermilk

"A social comedy of the creative class set in 2003, with the War on Terror looming behind, we follow a handful of characters at a prestigious MFA program in Crete, Illinois, that sounds not so unlike the Iowa Writer’s Workshop, of which Ives is a graduate. Written with a subtle, sardonic humor, rife with miscommunication, misdirection, and spindly sentences, Loudermilk brings to our attention the commodification of creativity by the very institutions we attend to improve our 'craft,' but inevitably leave with a false sense of talent, worth, and security."

Nathalie B.

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Author Lucy Ives
Publisher Soft Skull Press
Publication Date 2019
Section Fiction / All Staff Suggestions / Fiction Suggestions / Nathalie B.
Type New
Format
ISBN 9781593763909

A tale of two idiots--the handsome, charismatic Troy Augustus Loudermilk and his unassuming, socially anxious friend Harry Rego--who, in the early days of the new millennium, scam their way into a fellowship at the most prestigious creative writing program in the country It's the end of summer, 2003. George W. Bush has recently declared the mission in Iraq accomplished? ?and the unemployment rate is at its highest in years. Meanwhile, somewhere in the Midwest, Troy Augustus Loudermilk (fair-haired, statuesque, charismatic) and his companion Harry Rego (definitely none of those things) step out of a silver Land Cruiser and onto the campus of The Seminars, America's most prestigious creative writing program, to which Loudermilk has recently been accepted for his excellence in poetry. However, Loudermilk has never written a poem in his life. For all Troy Loudermilk is--and, in the eyes of his fellow students and instructors, he is many things: a cipher to be solved, a hero to be championed, a rival to be disgraced--a poet he most certainly is not. Wonderfully sly and wickedly entertaining, Loudermilk is a social novel for our times--a subversive look at the pieties of contemporary literature and the institutions that sustain them.

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