Reconstructing an Akron Neighborhood
University of Akron Press
The Mayor of Goosetown is a story about recovering times in our lives that have nearly vanished. We realize we can't remember everything about our past. We search for signs and symbols to jar our recollections. Joyce Dyer weaves her story around the shadows that remain of her first five years. Her uncle, the self-proclaimed mayor of Goosetown, accompanies her as they travel to unearth lost years. She takes the reader on an erratic and unpredictable process. Is the excursion a wild goose chase or can she really find home?
Joyce Dyer is director of writing and professor of English at Hiram College in Hiram, Ohio. She is the author of three books, The Awakening: A Novel of Beginnings, In a Tangled Wood: An Alzheimer's Journey, and Gum-Dipped: A Daughter Remembers Rubber Town. She has received numerous awards for her writing, including a 1997 Individual Artist Fellowship from the Ohio Arts Council and the 1998 Appalachian Book of the Year Award.