Float by Nate House

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Float details the horrific adventures of a man and woman who leave the coast on a thirty-five foot sailboat in order to save their decaying marriage. The man arrives one month later, alone, on the shore of an equatorial country in a life raft. Island officials and an incompetent American Consulate question the man as to what happened to his wife at sea. The man attempts to convince them, and himself, that what happened in the very heart of the doldrums was an accident. In the process he explores the torment of stillness, both at sea and on land. Later, even in a desolate setting, he cannot escape the ghost of his wife, who continues to haunt him.

About Nate House

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Nate House’s short fiction has appeared in Sentenia, Armchair Shotgun, The Pebble Lake Review, Carve, Methree, Philadelphia Stories, and Troika. His non-fiction has appeared in The Rambler, Roadbike Magazine, and Chesapeake Bay Magazine. Columns and features have been published in The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Chicago Tribune, The Boston Globe, The Philadelphia Weekly, and The Philadelphia Metro. After graduating from Temple University’s School of Communication and Theater Mr. House worked as a crime and courts reporter for The Philadelphia Tribune. He then attended Temple University’s Graduate Creative Writing Program, where his novel Float won the Frances Israel award for fiction. He has taught Creative Writing, Literature, Composition, and Journalism classes at Temple University and Cumberland County College. He is currently an Assistant Professor of English at Community College of Philadelphia.
Published October 31, 2011 by Aqueous Books. 286 pages
Genres: Horror, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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A reporter who grew up in a family of modest means and immodest acts, his father a drunk who abused his mother, the protagonist is haunted by the ghost of his wife, who appears in flashbacks as a beautiful, monstrous, snobbish nag.

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