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Drops On The Water: Stories about Growing Up from a Father and Son

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It traces the similarities and differences between distinct generations in their unique geographical environments. From the suburbs and fairgrounds of the United States to the majesty and beauty of the Swiss Alps, from a beach in Nicaragua to a gum plantation in Zululand, these stories jump between Europe and America, east and west coast, and the African continent. They trace the inheritance of World War II, of German nationality, of the shock of a friend’s suicide to a classmate’s overdose. The anxieties of early love and rural small town life are balanced against changes seen in the familial sphere across generations. Apartheid inequities, corporal punishment in strict prep schools, a friend’s illicit affair with an African maid, hitchhiking barefoot, and a scheduled Ping-Pong match with the Prince of Lichtenstein, all coalesce in a book that brings to life the circumstances that bind its authors to history, family, generation, and place.

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It traces the similarities and differences between distinct generations in their unique geographical environments. From the suburbs and fairgrounds of the United States to the majesty and beauty of the Swiss Alps, from a beach in Nicaragua to a gum plantation in Zululand, these stories jump between Europe and America, east and west coast, and the African continent. They trace the inheritance of World War II, of German nationality, of the shock of a friend’s suicide to a classmate’s overdose. The anxieties of early love and rural small town life are balanced against changes seen in the familial sphere across generations. Apartheid inequities, corporal punishment in strict prep schools, a friend’s illicit affair with an African maid, hitchhiking barefoot, and a scheduled Ping-Pong match with the Prince of Lichtenstein, all coalesce in a book that brings to life the circumstances that bind its authors to history, family, generation, and place.

About the Author

Eric G. Müller is a musician, teacher and writer living in upstate New York. He was born in Durban, South Africa, and studied literature and history at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. Müller continued his studies in England and Germany before moving to America. He has published three novels and a collection of poetry. Matthew Zanoni Müller was born in Bochum, Germany and grew up in Eugene, Oregon and Upstate New York. After earning his BA from Emerson College, he received his MFA from Warren Wilson’s MFA Program for Writers. He teaches in his local Community College System and currently shuttles between western Mass and upstate New York. His writing has appeared in numerous magazines and journals and this is his first book.

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Praise

“Two generations dancing a playful quadrille of respect, admiration and perspective awe….Drops on the Water dares to go where few men have gone before—into the depths of the human heart.” –Chloe Caldwell, author of Legs Get Led Astray, “They’ve done it. Co-writers Eric and Matthew Müller have managed to capture those oh-so-enigmatic moments in a life—those moments that seem as ephemeral as all the others but, for whatever reasons, have attached to the soul like burrs, pulsing with a life of their own, even as years pile on and the children bewildered by the adults in their lives turn into adults themselves. The structure of Drops on the Water is a winner. The chapters are brief, anchored by a single memory, be it streaking naked through a South African shopping mall, facing death on the side of a cliff, or watching one’s father get a haircut. These simultaneously personal, yet universal, utterly recognizable incidents have been delivered to the page with perspicacity, humor, and a poet’s eye. With chapters alternating between the perspectives of the two authors, the dual life-journeys of father and son weave together, casting new light on each other’s lives, as well as our own. My hat’s off to the two Müller men.” –Glen Berger, award winning playwright, winner of two Emmys and author of Song of Spider-Man: The Inside Story of the Most Controversial Musical in Broadway History, “The conceit of this book—a father and son trading vignettes about childhood, adolescence, parenthood, cultural acclimation, tragedy and moments of pure and unexpected pleasure—is surprising and unique, but what makes Drops on the Water so unforgettable is the wry and open-eyed sensibility these two men share. Eric and Matthew Muller have pulled off quite the literary caper: a fascinating family memoir without a hint of dysfunction. –Michael Parker, author of All I have in this World, The Watery Part of the World, “Drops on the Water is the sort of book many people talk about writing but few actually do. Here a father and son combine snapshots of their lives; and while they are separated by age, country of origin, and culture, and they don’t hesitate to reveal their own mistakes and regrets, ultimately this collection is an expression of love. Readers will be intrigued by the tales told here, and inspired to reflect on their own lives.” –Peter Turchi, author of Maps of the Imagination, “Innovative in its approach, quietly ambitious in scope, and unified by a father and son’s search for meaning through storytelling, Drops on the Water is a memoir unlike any you’ll ever read. Told in voices as distinctive as the eras and geographies in which they came of age, Eric (the father) and Matthew (the son) take you on a journey that ranges through Europe, Africa, and North and South America—to the heart of things.” –Steve Edwards, author of Breaking into the Backcountry, “The Müllers are storytellers, and their stories twist around each other like two ends of a doubled thread, sometimes touching, sometimes moving apart in their own directions, but always returning. They are told with the intimacy of a dinner conversation, so particular and yet deeply, pleasingly familiar—it is a treat to be invited to the table.” –Hannah Fries, Associate Editor and Poetry Editor, Orion Magazine, “This moving memoir recounts the coming-of-age stories of father and son in “flashes” remarkable for their concision and heart. Tender, evocative and often quite funny, Müller and Müller present two worlds-gone-by, intimately enriched by their separate but overlapping past experiences. Finally, generations as well as sensibilities collide in a venture entirely lovely.” –Karen Brennan, author of Being With Rachel

Pages

280

Format of the Book

Paperback