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NOVELS

TELL ME ONE
THING

Outside a rural Pennsylvania motel, nine-year-old Lulu Belnap smokes a cigarette while sitting on the lap of a trucker. Art school grad Quinn Bradford is passing through on a road trip and captures it. The photograph, later titled “Lulu & the Trucker,” becomes a seminal piece that launches Quinn’s career, escalating her from a starving artist to a renowned photographer.

 

In a parallel life, Lulu struggles to survive a volatile home, growing up too quickly in an environment wrought with drug abuse and her mother’s prostitution. Decades later, when Quinn has a retrospective at the Whitney Museum and “Lulu & the Trucker” has sold at auction for a record-breaking amount, Lulu is surprised to find the troubling image of her young self in the newspaper. She attends an artist talk for the exhibition with one question in mind for Quinn: Why didn’t you help me all those years ago? 

 

Tell Me One Thing travels through the 1980s to the present day, weaving dueling narratives of the protagonists' lives and delving into New York City's free-for-all grittiness while exploring a neglected slice of rural America. 

Forthcoming from Regal House Publishing, January 31, 2023

 

Image by Greg Bulla

A DAYTIME
MOON

Isa Calder is a high-school dropout and runaway turned tarot reader in New York City where she lives with her boyfriend Merce. When her half-brother Cole convinces her to return to the desolate California desert, Isa is forced to reckon with the wounds of her past - a youthful prank that killed her twin sister, the grief Cole has carried since, and the secrets of a mother she never got to meet. Isa must also say goodbye to Dane, the terminally ill man who raised her. 

 

Back in the Salton City of her youth, Isa is swept up in her former life of late-night drag races, tacos and beers with the locals, and haunting reminders of her artist mother. When Dane passes away, he leaves a letter with the name of her biological father, propelling Isa on a search up and down the California coast for the family she never knew she had. Slowly, Isa puts together the pieces of her personal history, while reclaiming her mother’s past and finally bringing her fully into focus.

A Daytime Moon is a literary meditation on solastalgia, the phenomenon of experiencing homesickness even though you are still at home. Moving month to month while chronicling real-life climate disasters, the novel tackles topics of displacement, belonging and the loss and reclamation of home.

Forthcoming