Wilting at Gin Mills
by Job Tyler Leach
This title was previously available on NetGalley and is now archived.
Pub Date 04 May 2021 | Archive Date 04 May 2021
Sunbury Press, Inc., Milford House Press
As temperatures rise during an unusually hot summer in the town of Mancheville, Pennsylvania, debates become heated and citizens of the town find themselves more divided than ever. When social media arguments spill into real life and are fueled by alcohol in Mancheville’s three drinking establishments, circumstances become even tenser.
George –a bar regular– often finds himself the confidante and counselor of the others due to his sensible demeanor. He’s dealing with his own personal issues of being a widower and feeling like age is catching up with him quickly. Uncharacteristically, he becomes involved with the social media discord. He finds himself in a potentially life-threatening situation when the bitterness comes to a bizarre climax at Hank’s -Mancheville’s favorite tavern. It also unexpectedly brings a part of his past back into his life.
Mancheville residents are forced to confront how they’ve each created a persona and self-image shaped by manipulative social media and shallow societal expectations. They start to see how it’s negatively affecting their relationships and contributing to a wilting sense of rationality in the community.
Wilting at Gin Mills takes a sobering look at the increasingly negative online realm where people are still forming ideas of what normal is, developing codes of conduct, and discovering just how poisonous some of our behaviors have become.
Although painful, George and his acquaintances realize modern problems aren’t so different from the difficulties that humans have always created for themselves. And maybe the solutions aren’t that different either: love, forgiveness, and humility.