Deborah Joy Corey
Deborah Joy Corey
Deborah Joy Corey
(A moving first-person narrative records the struggle and ...)
A moving first-person narrative records the struggle and turmoil of a life of poverty and despair in rural southeastern Canada, as seen through the eyes of perceptive and innocent nine-year-old girl.
(Deborah Joy Corey's long-awaited second novel fulfills th...)
Deborah Joy Corey's long-awaited second novel fulfills the promise of her first. It is the story of Elizabeth, a fifteen-year-old girl from a poor fishing town, who finds herself alone after her sister's banishment, her mother's tragic death, and her father's abandonment-and turns for comfort to an older man who will cast an emotional and erotic shadow over her life, even years after their relationship is over...
(Settling Twice began in a place of grief. Deborah Joy Cor...)
Settling Twice began in a place of grief. Deborah Joy Corey had lost her father and mother six years apart, and although she had been running from their absence, she knew the dark hole of it was catching her. There was nothing else to do, but to stop. She rented a place where she could be alone, and there her grief encompassed her like a black cloud that rolls in off the sea. That cloud sent her back to my past, and to memories of her parents, and eventually to the lessons she had learned from them. The had an incredible influence on her life. In Settling Twice, Corey collages her siblings and relatives and friends and pets, her dreams and hymns and nightmares, and her experiences. What extraordinary people her seemingly ordinary parents were. What examples of love and integrity. In a world that has thrown Jesus out with the baptismal water, she treasures their example, and their love. It is still here with her.
When Deborah Joy Corey turned seventeen, she left home to attempt a modeling career in New York City. Corey was eventually successful, though it turned out that she would work mostly in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. After seven years in the business, however, she came down with rheumatic fever and mononucleosis. On a trip home to Temperance Vale to recover, Corey met Bill Zildjian of the Zildjian cymbal-manufacturing family, and the two eventually married. Following the wedding, the couple traveled in Switzerland for a year, and in an apartment they rented there Corey discovered an abandoned copy of Joyce Carol Oates’s short fiction collection "The Wheel of Love".
Corey enrolled in a writing workshop through Harvard extension school. Shortly thereafter she had her first story, "Sister", published in "The Agni Review", followed by the story, "Drivin", in "Ploughshares: Fiction Discoveries". Not long after, she founded the "Thursday Nighters," with Andre Dubus II, a literary salon that would give rise to many now successful authors.
Corey considers Andre Dubus II to be amongst her first mentors, alongside Alistair MacLeod and Elizabeth Hardwick. She worked first with Dubus, who mentored her in the early stages of her writing. Later, the Canadian novelist Alistair MacLeod discovered and published a handful of Corey’s short stories in The Windsor Review, which he edited. The two would go on to do literary readings together.
In the mid 90’s Corey moved from Boston to Maine with her husband to raise their young family. It was at this time that she met Elizabeth Hardwick, who became an involved mentor and dear friend. It was Hardwick who encouraged Corey to expand her short story The Skating Pond into a novel. Now she lives with her husband on the coast of Maine, and returns to New Brunswick regularly.
In 1983 Deborah Joy Corey married Bill Zildjian, a businessman. They have two daughters.