TELL ME ONE THING is a portrait of two Americas, examining power, privilege, and the sacrifices one is willing to make to succeed as it tells the story of a provocative photograph, the struggling artist who takes it, and its young and troubled subject.
Traveling through the 1980s to present day, Tell Me One Thing delves into New York City's free-for-all grittiness while exposing a neglected slice of the struggling rust belt.
COMING JANUARY 31, 2023
"Fans of THE VANISHING HALF will love this novel written in alternating points-of-view: each one a perspective rooted in a starkly contrasting experience and yet one that echoes the longings of the other. Reading this was a much-needed exercise in empathy, one tempered by clear, endearing prose. In the parallel universes of two unforgettable characters, Schlottman renders on the page a simple and beautiful expression of our shared humanity. In TELL ME ONE THING, we see the private struggles of a famed photographer making it in the wild days of New York City and how her seminal work exposes and yet neglects the harsh truth of one of her subjects. My heart broke and rooted for both characters, and long after I’ve turned the last page, I am still thinking of them."
– Cinelle Barnes, author of MONSOON MANSION: A MEMOIR and MALAYA: ESSAYS ON FREEDOM
Kerri Schlottman is the author of TELL ME ONE THING, from Regal House Publishing. Her fiction and essays have appeared in The Dillydoun Review, Belle Ombre, Women Writers Women’s Books, Muse Apprentice Guild, and The Furnace. She placed second in the Dillydoun International Fiction Prize, has been longlisted for the Dzanc Books Prize for Fiction, and was a 2021 University of New Orleans Press Lab Prize semifinalist. Kerri is a Detroiter turned New Yorker who works to support artists, performers, and writers in creating new projects.
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a daytime moon
Second place winner in the Dillydoun International Fiction Prize
Longlisted for the Dzanc Books Prize for Fiction
2021 University of New Orleans Press Lab Prize semifinalist
The Pacific gray whales are dying in record numbers. They taunt Isa’s thoughts. She already feels unrooted. Her relationship is failing. Her work is unfulfilling. She doesn’t belong. Only her friendship with Lizzy feels right, but Lizzy has her own troubles. When Dane, the man who raised her, becomes terminally ill, Isa returns to the California desert she ran away from as a teen. There, she reckons with the past – a youthful prank that killed her twin sister, the grief her brother Cole has carried, the secrets of an artist mother she never got to meet. As wildfires consume California, Isa is swept up in her former life of desert drag races, tacos and beers with the locals, and haunting reminders of her youth. When Dane passes away, he leaves the name of Isa’s biological father, a key that unlocks her personal history, allowing her to reclaim her mother’s life and finally bring it fully into focus.
While exploring the concept of solastalgia – the homesickness we feel in (rather than for) our own home – A Daytime Moon poetically considers themes of displacement, longing, family, and what it truly means to feel at home.