Angus Woodward was raised in Michigan by Virginians and moved to Louisiana in 1987 to get an MFA from LSU. He has taught writing since 1990, first at Delgado Community College in New Orleans and, for the past two decades, at Franciscan University (formerly Our Lady of the Lake College) in Baton Rouge. His books of fiction are Down at the End of the River, Americanisation, and Oily, a new novel about the Deepwater Horizon fiasco.
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A deep-water oil rig explodes, killing workers and spewing millions of barrels of crude into the Gulf of Mexico. The survival of the human species is threatened, and it is up to a New Orleans couple and a pair of aliens to prevent our extinction... It begins when Warren, a young college instructor, encounters a spaceship on a levee. He and his ailing wife, Penny, soon learn that the aliens piloting the ship have been sent to monitor Earth's petroleum use, and their bosses are pretty upset. To make matters worse, their planet's government intends to eradicate the human race to stop the flow of oil.The New Orleans couple scrambles to prevent our extinction by any means they can, with a little help from their new alien friends. Couched as a terms-of-use agreement, those ever-present post-modern texts that no one reads, OILY is a playful, experimental novel on heroism, absurdity, and life from other worlds.
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