TELL ME ONE
Outside a rural Pennsylvania motel, nine-year-old Lulu smokes a cigarette while sitting on the lap of a trucker. Recent art grad Quinn is passing through town and captures it. The photograph, later titled “Lulu & the Trucker,” launches Quinn’s career, escalating her from a starving artist to a renowned photographer. In a parallel life, Lulu fights 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 of Art 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 is a portrait of two Americas, examining power, privilege, and the sacrifices one is willing to make to succeed. Traveling through the 1980s to present day, it delves into New York City's free-for-all grittiness while exposing a neglected slice of the struggling rust belt.
Forthcoming from Regal House Publishing, January 31, 2023
Isa is a runaway turned tarot reader in New York City where she lives with her boyfriend Merce. When Dane, the man who raised her, becomes terminally ill, she’s forced to return home and reckon with her past – a youthful prank that killed her twin sister, the grief her brother Cole has carried since, and the secrets of a mother she never got to meet. Back in the California desert, 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 the name of Isa’s biological father, a key that unlocks her personal history and allows her to reclaim her mother’s past, finally bringing 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.
Second place winner of the Dillydoun International Fiction Prize
Longlisted for the Dzanc Books Prize for Fiction