Huntington, W.Va. - Eliot Parker, Assistant Professor of English at Mountwest Community & Technical College, recently released Making Arrangements, his third fiction novel. The novel examines the dichotomy that has emerged in recent years with locally-owned, family funeral homes being bought by corporate conglomerates that operate a number of other service industries.
Locally owned funeral homes are often an identifiable trademark of communities, both large and small. In the novel, Parker addresses what happens when those funeral homes are absorbed by large conglomerates, often leading to a loss of community identity and diminished services to families.
“This true-to-life fiction story is really interesting,” said Jim Smith, Executive Editor at Sunstone Press. “It’s well-written, and the plot caught our attention the moment the manuscript crossed our desk.”
Eliot Parker is the author of the novels The Prospect and Breakdown at Clear River, which was nominated for the Weatherford Award in Outstanding Fiction in 2012. His short fiction has appeared in Speck Literary Journal, Apex Books, Crack the Spine Literary Anthology and others.
Parker teaches writing and literature courses for Mountwest and served as former director of the Writing Center. He is a certified teacher consultant with the National Writing Project, where he works with teachers in public schools and colleges, and helps them incorporate writing into their curriculum.