Nic Brown is the author of the novel Doubles and the story collection Floodmarkers, which was selected as an Editor's Choice by The New York Times Book Review. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, the Harvard Review, Glimmer Train, and Epoch, among many other publications. A graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop and Columbia University, he has been the John and Renee Grisham Writer in Residence at the University of Mississippi and an assistant professor at the University of Northern Colorado. Currently he is an assistant professor of English at Clemson University.
"What Brown does so expertly is to summon the brief, intimate moments—the single word shared between two characters, the simple gesture that quietly reveals hope." —The New York Times
"Like Sherwood Anderson, Brown is essentially a still–life artist; he eschews plot for portraiture, the linear for the lateral." —BookForum
is . . . about the life of our times, stories starring lovable slackers and beautiful failures from a generation we haven't even bothered to name yet. And there are dogs in it—lots of them, both dead and alive—which helped clinch its spot on my List of Favorite Books, right after The Moviegoer
and just before Cathedral
. Smart and funny and sexy, Floodmarkers
is more than just art: it's art on a motorcycle."
—Daniel Wallace, author of Big Fish
"Nic Brown is the most talented new writer I've come across. This first book of his is reminiscent of Sherwood Anderson's Winesburg, Ohio
in both its structure and its tragi–comedic view of a small town and the subsequent sufferings and joys of its inhabitants. Brown's prose is beautiful and his empathy and insight into the human condition is breathtaking."
—Jonathan Ames, author of Wake Up, Sir!
and The Extra Man
is funny, warm, insightful, and very, very moving. Nic Brown has written a beautiful depiction of contemporary Southern life in a small town—a compassionate portrait of hopeful, striving people. (Not to mention the sex, drugs, and hurricane.)"
—Chris Offutt, author of No Heroes
"Nic Brown's writing is so smooth it slips into your veins. Read the opening pages of Floodmarkers
and you're hooked on these interwoven stories that are as volatile, unpredictable and irresistible as the hurricane that holds them together. When the storm rips the lid off this humble town it exposes a motley ensemble of flawed, hopeful and quietly desperate young characters. There is more humanity overflowing on these pages than on most works of fiction twice its size." —Jim Lynch, author of The Highest Tide
"Nic Brown is a wonderful new writer and Floodmarkers
is a wonderful new book. Brown's prose is full of snap, crackle and pop. His characters are so vivid they jump off the page, and the dialogue is some of the best I've read in years. He gives us an important vision of the contemporary South in a time of prosperity and woe, yet the stories are funny and full of life. Floodmarkers
is simply delicious. Bon Appetit!" —Randall Kenan, author of Let the Dead Bury Their Dead
"Nic Brown writes with a clear eye and deep sympathies. The stories in this fine first collection show a writer already beginning to hit what promises to be a very big stride." —Pam Durban, author of So Far Back