William Dewey


Without a Soul to Move
William Dewey

In Denver, Colorado, three men are trying, with strange elegance, to extract meaning from their wilting lives: Howie struggles with the demise of a love that was never quite whole to begin with; Wayne attempts to create a world defined by his absence; and Adam plots a quixotic war against suffering itself. Their wonderful, relatively sane efforts, from solipsistic social experimentation to vicarious relationship counselling and the late-night excursions of a costumed vigilante (with a slightly less committed sidekick), all coalesce as the winter confines of a snowbound Denver close in around them. With graceful writing and an easy understanding of the humour and sadness of the everyday, Without a Soul to Move reveals the brilliant and complex shadows cast by the seemingly ordinary.

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My tender jaw and other stories
William Dewey

Having been given the stern word from the New Zealand Immigration Department, American writer William Dewey (Without a Soul to Move) plans to leave some of his writing for the people of Aotearoa.

The gift comes in the form of eleven short stories collected and collated together in one volume titled, My Tender Jaw, and will be released by Wellington publishing collective Lawrence and Gibson on Thursday August 27.

The stories cover pretty much any subject you ever wanted to read about from alienation to Wyoming and Samuel Beckett. There is also one or two featuring a dog.

“Some of the stories in My Tender Jaw go back ten or twelve years. Some were written just a few months ago,” William Dewey says.

“There's no real theme tying them all together, not by conscious choice. But I have noticed little pet notions working their way in, popping up from time to time, ideas that preoccupied me as a much younger writer and preoccupy me still today."

Since his second novel, Dewey has been busy compiling this collection of stories, as well as running a writing workshop with Evolve Youth Centre in Wellington, climbing Mount Victoria and plotting ways to extend his visa.


The Homeland of Pure Joy
William Dewey

On a misty morning in Wellington, New Zealand, actor and émigré Parker Flynn sees a ghost from a past life. The vision unleashes a torrent of memories about his first love from his days at university in the United States, and Parker is shocked at the power of the emotions those memories evoke. Amending his original plans for the day, Parker begins a trek to find this woman and confirm her identity, and to understand her place in his life. In a misadventure that could prove disastrous or enlightening, Parker attempts to reconcile his feelings for people and places in his past with the vivid opportunities of the present.

The NZ Listener had this to say: "Riffing on sex, love and Martin Heidegger, The Homeland of Pure Joy is an astute and enjoyable observation of first loves, true loves and Wellington as city and mistress."

William Dewey was born in Denver, Colorado and wandered the United States for years before heading to New Zealand in 2007, finding there a temporary home and an enduring muse. His novel Without a Soul To Move was published by the Lawrence and Gibson Publishing Collective in 2008 and was lauded by the Onion A.V. Club as “a book that should translate anywhere. It offers a rare, honest look at the daily trivialities that make life matter.”

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