The Great Floodgates of the Wonderworld

The Great Floodgates of the Wonderworld

Surfing in Far Rockaway, romantic obsession, and Moby-Dick converge in this winning and refreshing memoir

Justin Hocking lands in New York hopeful but adrift—he's jobless, unexpectedly overwhelmed and disoriented by the city, struggling with anxiety and obsession, and attempting to maintain a faltering long-distance relationship. As a man whose brand of therapy has always been motion, whether in a skate park or on a snowdrift, Hocking needs an outlet for his restlessness.… (more)

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The title of his memoir of this period, “The Great Floodgates of the Wonderworld,” suggests something grand and magic realist (or perhaps mock-grand and magic realist), but mainly what we get are straightforward accounts of his experience

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Publisher: Graywolf Press (February 11, 2014)

Collection: Graywolf Press

Language: English

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