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Flat Rock history via a road

Travelling back in time on a Flat Rock roadby Rob Neufeld             If you walk the one mile length of North Highland Lake Road in Flat Rock, you step nearly 200 years into the past.            At the east end, the 21st century reigns.  Fronting six-lane Spartanburg Highway, a super-Ingles sits above a bog; and a CVS store faces an Octopus Garden smoke shop, a chiropractor, a cell phone provider, and a six-lane avenue to I-26 a mile away .            Neither Ingles nor CVS carries the big…See More
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Marcus, in Gail Godwin’s new novel, Grief Cottage, recalls his friendship with Wheezer, whom he’d once beaten up at school because Wheezer had exposed Marcus’ shameful secret about his mom.  Now Marcus, age 10, is an orphan.  His dad has always been unknown to him; and his mom has just died in a car accident. 

Relocated to his aunt’s beach house, Marcus, despite the safety of the place, finds himself in trouble. He’s communicating with a ghost.  He’s having dreams about a non-existent older brother, whom his mom favors.  He recalls the time his mom, a struggling survivor, had told him about hearing William Shatner’s song, “Has-Been,” on the radio.  

 

Shatner’s 2002 prose-poem with Western-style back-up music is brilliant, as is the thinking-out-of-the box video that David Lovins has made for it.

 

You gotta see this, if you haven’t already: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qPBt4IuQEbw

 

Gail will be talking about her new book in a conversation with me at Malaprop’s Book Store, 7 p.m., Wed., June 14.  http://www.malaprops.com/event/gail-godwin-presents-grief-cottage-c...

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