When a severely deformed corpse lands on his embalming table, skilled mortician, Horace Carver is forced to confront his apathy towards life and the dark secrets hidden within himself, his family, and his hometown of Always, Indiana.
This stylized novel uses mythology as a base for a narrative that examines the nature of life by exploring the ways we die.
Ernest Gordon Taulbee grew up in a small town in Eastern Kentucky called Salyersville. He received both a Bachelor's and a Master's degree from Eastern Kentucky University. Upon completing his MA he moved to Louisville -- where he has lived most of his adult life.
Love of reading and writing has been a theme in his life. Through the decade and a half since he finished his MA, Mr. Taulbee has worked a variety of jobs, from populating a cubicle in a large corporation to making and selling mead. Throughout his whole life, writing has remained his singular professional and artistic passion.
This part was completely influenced by the Osiris myth and the one of the few glimpses into Owen as a man.
Of course, we come to question whether or not it is true.
This book asks many questions, but offers little answers.
Characters you love become characters you view with suspicion.
Nonetheless, it is about seeking truth.
A Sibling in Always
Your father had no great last words, Horace, I am afraid. He begged, Horace. He pleaded for his life. He screamed as the coffin began to sink. No one came into the water to assist me. I continued to wrestle with the thing until my own face was under water.