Only a writer with such a diverse set of skills, life experiences, and writing instinct could produce the original and radical prose which I am thrilled to represent here. Long-time exhibition fabrication specialist for several New York art institutions, including the Guggenheim and MoMA, Georgia native JD Hollingsworth writes from his Brooklyn home where he’s produced his first two books, soon to be published by Casa Forte Press. These novellas – which the author also illustrates – are set in a mythical town in South Central Georgia. A somewhat reclusive artist, it is an honor to me that Hollingsworth has entrusted Casa Forte Press with his work.
Equipped with a rich arsenal of words, from the vernacular to the Latin nomenclature of biological taxonomy, popular history and culture, Hollingsworth gives us gripping, enthralling, and deeply moving stories set in a universe filled with mythicism. It’s as if Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s Macondo was set off I-85 South and immortalized in the Southern Gothic.
“Hollingsworth has written a masterpiece… and it is stunning. … His ear for language, his eye for telling details, his sense of humanity caught in the forces of good and evil, with the cosmic shooting right into the everyday… (his) words spin their magic over us so that (these characters) rise into the realm of great literature, because this becomes not just a story, but life itself.
This book is layered, and it goes deep.”
A fascinating read!”
“With irony, subtle poignancy and humor, JD Hollingsworth explores alienation in late 20th Century America through inventively evoked sociocultural contexts. His characters—cynical loners, self-deluded dreamers or simply survivors—teeter on the edge between misfit and Everyman. In a world where meaningful bonding has failed, “the lonely, the horny, the angry and thirsty” seek human connection in whatever tawdry or grotesque watering place they can find. Although Hollingsworth sets his stories in both the rural South and the urban North, his depiction of the denizens of an imaginary town in rural South Georgia is particularly brilliant for its portrayal of a layered multitude of social identities that historical forces have created. In Hollingsworth’s writing, material culture becomes a language in and of itself, and oral speech patterns, demeanor, and wardrobe and various other accouterments form part of the peculiar and fascinating social discourse. A fascinating read!”
Martha LaFollette MillerProfessor Emerita, The University of North Carolina at Charlotte