Compelling novel explores male stereotypes

PORTLAND — Brunswick-based author James Hornor has released “Victoria Falls,” his debut novel, a poignant and timely literary work that speaks to the times we live in now.

Published by Green Writers Press, “Victoria Falls” (2019, $19.95) is the story of James Monroe, a sophisticated American professional on a mission for The World Bank in Africa during the early 1990s. Set in Africa and India, Monroe’s journey leads to 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.

Kate Egan, editor of the internationally bestselling “The Hunger Games” trilogy, calls Hornor’s debut “A suspenseful, complex, and sensitive novel, a mid-life coming of age.”

In its exploration of American male stereotypes and in its suggestion of vulnerability as a key to masculine authenticity, “Victoria Falls” embraces those humane qualities of love, kindness, and creativity that had been extolled as the provenance of soul-searching women but have been largely ignored about men in American fiction.

James Hornor is an educator, writer and speaker. A former examiner for the International Baccalaureate and consultant to the AFREA Division of The World Bank, Hornor and his wife, Eileen, now own and operate The Brunswick Inn. Hornor also currently teaches English composition at Southern Maine Community College; he has taught both film and literature.

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