American Fallout

Product Details:
Coming Spring 2016
Paperback: 345 pages
ISBN-13: 9781939650429
Cover Design: Gwen Grafft

About the Book:

For Avery Cullins—library archivist, former teenage runaway, and gay man from a small Southern town—”family” means a live-in boyfriend and a surly turtle. But when his father, a renowned nuclear physicist, commits suicide, Avery’s decade-long estrangement from his mother—now hobbled following a stroke—comes to a skidding halt. With his boyfriend’s help, Avery takes custody of his mother and the trio heads cross country in a rented U-Haul, back to an apartment in Cleveland and an uncertain future. Their journey soon becomes a pilgrimage into the past when Avery begins sifting through his mother’s mementos. What emerges is a story of family, love, and loss as his parents made a home, lost a child, and tested the boundaries of marital love in the 1970s. Meanwhile, in today’s uncertain social landscape, Avery must confront his own struggle with a mother who doesn’t recognize him and a lover who seeks to claim him for his own.

“Compulsively readable. The writing is keenly observed and the characters feel as true and vivid as any I’ve found in a long time. Simply put: this is a really great book.”
— Matthew Norman, author, Domestic Violets

“A promising first novel about family, domesticity, and the ties that bind, whether we want them to or not.”
Kirkus Reviews

Share this: