Veteran journalist Denis Edward Horgan draws from a rich career of ground-level experience to discuss life’s core lessons in this dynamic memoir.
A vibrant perspective is presented on the central themes of humanity—strength, heroism, challenges, faith, and love—in a series of touching, humorous anecdotes. Each true story corresponds to one of the numerous souvenirs on Horgan’s desk, from a rubber ducky to a strawberry-flavored condom.
While the settings range from Burma to Washington, DC, the stories are unified by a central theme: the complexity and beauty of human life.
A must read, beautifully written.
Faith Middleton, WNPR
“… A must read, beautifully written”
“At first glance, Denis Horgan’s new book of essays, ‘Flotsam,’ is about the little everyday things, the stuff all over on your desk, the trinkets on the bulletin board. But in just a few minutes you realize that in Horgan’s hands the little things are a launch pad to what makes for a meaningful life.
“Horgan is an archeologist of the soul in a way, plumbing his way through simple objects in search of deep, rich humanity around him. As a reporter and editor at many newspapers including the Hartford Courant, where he was a gem, Denis Horgan has seen the worst of war, poverty and pain but with a fine ear he listens for things in people instead of just listening to them.
“Where the beautiful voice in his writing comes from I can’t really say though he seems born of great Irish storytellers. It’s plain from these pages in ‘Flotsam’ that this is the man you’d want as your best friend.
For the wit, the wisdom and trust you’d feel in his hands. And also because best friends and writers need to know what matters. This is the guy for the job.”
– Nuala O’Faolain, author of “Are You Somebody?”
Through it all, he shows us with wit and wisdom the beauty to be seen, and gives us eyes to see it; lessons to be learned and the heart to learn them.”
– Margaret A. Salinger, author of “Dream Catchers.”
– Susan Campbell, columnist for The Hartford Courant