James Monroe is a sophisticated American professional on mission for The World Bank in Africa during the early 1990’s. Despite his worldliness, his actions betray a late twentieth century innocent abroad who embodies both the bravado and the debilitating insecurities of the modern American male. Set in Zimbabwe, Kenya and Bombay, India, Mr. Monroe’s journey into authenticity results in a series of failed relationships that reveal the dark, enigmatic recesses of his complex personality and eventually land him in a hellhole prison in Bombay. His tragedy unfolds into an ending that no one, especially Monroe, could have possibly predicted or imagined. In its exploration of American male stereotypes and in its suggestion of vulnerability as a key to masculine authenticity, Victoria Falls dares to embrace those humane qualities of love, kindness and creativity that have of late been extolled as the provenance of soul searching women but have been largely ignored in American fiction about men.
Advance Praise for Victoria Falls
“Hornor’s writing style is both subtle and precise allowing the reader to experience the courage and vulnerability of the protagonist. It is with this observant eye that we are moved to a new understanding of manhood, of what it means to be authentic in a culture rife with charlatans as role models.”— Franci Revel, 2016 Award Winner, Academy of American Poets
“Victoria Falls is an epic story that spans continents and generations, intertwining the fates of a man and his estranged son as they follow a suspenseful journey to hope and self awareness.”— Dr. Lisa Khoury
“Part mystery, part romance, Victoria Falls is the story of an American middle aged man and his struggle for relevance and affirmation. A must read for men and for the women who intuit the hidden complexities of the men they love.”— Prill Boyle, Author of Defying Gravity: A Celebration of Late Blooming Women
“A SUSPENSEFUL, COMPLEX, AND SENSITIVE NOVEL, A MID-LIFE COMING OF AGE.”— Kate Egan, Editor of The Hunger Games trilogy
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About James Hornor
James Hornor is an educator, writer, and speaker who lives with his wife and two children in Brunswick, Maine. A published poet, James Hornor has taught both film and literature courses and has been a presenter at the Annual College Board Advanced Placement Conference for his work in advocating Advanced Placement for students in rural communities nationwide. He is also a former examiner for the International Baccalaureate and he has served as a consultant to the AFREA Division of The World Bank. As a World Bank consultant, Mr. Hornor was on mission in both Zimbabwe and Kenya, and his work helped to identify public relations issues that the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund were experiencing in sub-Saharan Africa. Currently, Mr. Hornor teaches English composition at Southern Maine Community College in S. Portland, Maine. He and his wife, Eileen, are the owner and proprietors of The Brunswick Inn, a sixteen room boutique hotel located next to the campus of Bowdoin College. Mr. Hornor is a graduate of Washington and Lee University and he received his masters degree in English from The State University of New York at Stony Brook.
FICTION | Victoria Falls
by James Hornor
300 pages | 6 x 9
Pub Date: January 2019
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