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Friday, January 10, 2014
by: Rene Abadie
HAMMOND – "Harlow," the most recent novel written by Southeastern Louisiana University English instructor David Armand, was listed among the 10 favorite books of 2013 by the Richmond (Va.) Times-Dispatch.
The newspaper's book reviewer Doug Childers said the violent odyssey of a son looking to meet his father for the first time in the backwoods of Louisiana "blends Ernest Hemingway's laconic but rhythmically complicated explorations of the mysteries of masculinity with William Faulkner's more fabulist, Southern Gothic twang. It's a heady, seductively intoxicating combination."
Among other fictional works in the newspaper's list are Stephen King's "Dr. Sleep" and Nobel Prize winner J.M. Coetzee's "The Childhood of Jesus."
"To be listed alongside authors such as Stephen King and Coetzee was truly an unexpected honor," said Armand. "It inspires me to continue my work in fiction."
A native of Folsom and resident of Hammond, Armand is currently at work on his third novel. His first novel, "The Pugilist's Wife," was recognized with the George Garrett Fiction Prize, named after the late poet laureate of Virginia. Both books were published by Texas Review Press.
Armand received both his undergraduate and graduate degrees in English from Southeastern.