It had been many years since Art Homer had spent time in the region where he grew up as the child of subsistence farmers. In this beautifully written true tale, Homer returns to the Missouri Ozarks with his stepson, Reese, for a three-day canoe trip down the recently flooded Current River. As rain threatens to erupt again and the two prepare for their uncertain trip down the swollen river, a man in a straw hat pulls up to them on the gravel bar. "Did they find that drownt boy yet?" he calls. So begins an extraordinary trip down a dangerous river, toward unforeseen adventures and into the swirling recesses of memory.
Art Homer is the author of Skies of Such Valuable Glass, Tattoos, and What We Did After Rain. He teaches in the Writer's Workshop at the University of Nebraska-Omaha. The Drownt Boy was a finalist in the Associated Writing Programs' 1993 Award Series for Creative Nonfiction.