Thursday, May 14, 2015
Eugene Platt's "Saint Andrew's Parish"
Eugene Platt has recently released a print version of his book Saint Andrew’s Parish (previously only available in electronic form) including a new chapter.
Set in 1950s West Ashley, SC, Saint Andrew’s Parish is a coming-of-age story that follows the lives of two boys, Bubba and Andy, from their boyhood in this suburb of Charleston to their maturity as they search for their place in the wider world.
“When the folly, sadness, and misfortune of their pasts threaten to derail their futures, Bubba and Andy find themselves in the eye of a hurricane — both literally and symbolically — with life-changing consequences. Inner and outer landscapes clash in the fury of Hurricane Hugo’s rampaging destruction, tossing the friends amid a swirl of fear, hope, despair, and forgiveness. St. Andrew’s Parish is a tale of enduring friendship, of following dreams, and ultimately, of the timeless human search for redemption.”
Eugene worked sporadically on the novel for 24 years and he says about its completion: “It’s more satisfying than I, an alleged wordsmith, can articulate. Among other things, there is a sense of release, simultaneously gratifying, and daunting, to be able now to begin working in earnest on my next collection of poems, Nuda Veritas” which includes new and selected poems, some of which he worked on during a very productive VCCA residency in October 1986.