by Author - Dawn Roy - Dawn Moore Roy
In her exciting debut novel,
Gray, Dawn Moore Roy weaves a brilliant narrative latticework in striking prose with measured surprises of lovely lyricism.
GRAY is a poignant and original exploration of doubt, humility, and judgment.
“Roy is a very talented writer, often wickedly so.”
— Kirkus “Starred Review”
BookLife Prize Review
— Publishers Weekly
About the Author
Dawn Roy has been a home engineer for most of her life, managing a ménage of various biped and quadruped creatures.
Her writing began decades ago with daily (almost) entries into her very personal journals. Along the way she became afflicted by the psychiatric disorder of aspiring to be a writer and after staring at stacks and stacks of annual diaries, her illness developed, leading her to complete a master’s degree in creative writing from the University of Edinburgh, where a special professor cured her by saying, “Just write a damn book.” So she did, and now feels ready to share it.
Roy lives in Cape Elizabeth, Maine, with her husband and German Shepherd, Otto.
A viscerally lush, sometimes playful,
and unflinching exploration of loss, sexuality, and the search for fulfillment, even in the face of death.
Reviews of Dawn Moore Roy's Work
"A viscerally lush, sometimes playful,
and unflinching exploration of loss, sexuality, and the search for fulfillment, even in the face of death."
Reviews of Gray
"" Roys approach emphasizes observation with original, artfully expounded detail, perceptions and thoughts captured in remarkably clean and composed prose. Lovers of self-investing
literary fiction will find much to contemplate."
"The story hinges on Vera, her perspectives, her thoughts--ugliness, pettiness, beauty, intelligence--her journey as a person who ultimately is like the rest of us; trying to figure out what life can be and how to make that vision a reality. Roy's prose is lyrical and beautiful--some
passages are heartbreaking in their truth and honesty. Poetic without being oversaturated with excessive lyricism, the writing is introspective and explorative, while the subtlety and beauty of
language transform this book into something more; a study in humanity and the ebbs and flows of human emotions and doubt, and the trappings of memory."
— BookLife Prize Review