About Shantyboat: American Dystopia
In an America ruined by one party totalitarian rule and the loss of personal freedoms and states’ rights, homeless vagrants haunt the violent streets. Two of them, Dale and Rodney, both abandoned by their wives and children, decide to remedy their homelessness by building a shantyboat, despite having witnessed a brutal attack on a shantyboat family. In the process of building their shantyboat, however, they resort to theft and murder. Then they encounter Delia, an Athena-like woman, who shows them a better way to combat the dystopia into which they have fallen—a way in which they can all revive their fortunes, their lives, and their dignity.
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Carl Parsons, a former manufacturing manager for TRW Automotive, has had a secondary career as a college instructor of rhetoric and literature. He has a BA and MA in English from West Virginia University; doctoral course work completed at the University of Pittsburgh, plus a MS in Manufacturing Management from Kettering University. Now retired, he serves as a Master Gardener for the University of Tennessee Extension office and contributes essays on botanical subjects to Hey, Smokies!, an on-line travel magazine. He has published eleven short stories with a variety of journals and has a novel, Locust Hill, serialized with Spillwords Press. More recently (2023) he has a second novel, Trios: Death, Deceit, and Politics, published by Wordwooze Publishing. He has also served as associate editor for Heater, a crime fiction magazine, and is a member of West Virginia Writers, Inc. Born in Parkersburg, WV, he now resides in Kodak, TN. He is the author of the Locust Hill stories.
His publishing awards include Contributor of the Year (2023) from Spillwords Press for Locust Hill and Literary Titan Book Award (July 2023) for Trios.