...six gripping short stories set in the wilderness of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan will hold the reader spellbound as the various protagonists live, and sometimes perish, in this often harsh and rugged land. The mythical village of Nelson frames the life and plights of the various actors as they plunge headlong physically, psychologically, and metaphorically, into the treacherous waters of the Sturgeon River Country, where humans live precariously on the edge of a knife, and every mistake could be fatal. While this work is entirely fiction--it easily spans over a century--the tales dig at, and lay bare, a slice of Americana, a neglected culture, which is rapidly atrophying in rural areas--not only across the Upper Peninsula, but in much of the rural north.
In the opening story, "The Irascible Pedagogue," set in the later part of the nineteenth century, the lonely and maddened heart of the
village pedagogue, Horace Nelson, ends regrettably as jealously invades his troubled mind causing unpredictable mayhem and murder. In the second and award-winning short story, The Silent Mistress, Lizzie must endure, not only the poverty and destitution
of the Great Depression, but also the inexorable decline of her husband's life as he wastes away from the ravages of alcoholism.
Other memorable stories in North of Nelson, Volume 1, will not only entertain, but challenge the reader to examine the guts and
sinew of a rare and vanishing culture--the great Upper Peninsula.
North of Nelson: Volume 2 is scheduled to be published in late 2022.
Hilton Everett Moore lives in a remote cabin in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.