Friends, readers, countrymen, I’ve got some great news today: I’m delighted to announce that I’ve signed my novel-in-poems, Jacob Wrestling, to Pink Fish Press for release in 2014.
Jacob Wrestling centers around Jacob, a bipolar, Pentecostal boy who abandons his medication in favor of spiritual healing. He and his girlfriend Mae, a runaway addict from an abusive home, live a ragged, secluded life in the tunnels beneath a city park in Southern California. When Mae becomes unexpectedly pregnant, she and Jacob must decide whether to emerge from their subterranean world and raise their baby, or to recede further into darkness and fear, bringing an innocent child along with them. Edgy, dream-like, often frightening and always emotionally-charged, Jacob Wrestling offers readers a story that is both dangerous and tender with an engaging, fast-paced plot and an ending that challenges basic human assumptions.
In the coming weeks and months, watch this space for news, events listings, giveaways, a book club readers’ companion, and other delightful Jacob Wrestling-related tidbits. Finally, I’m happy to note that you’ll have the chance to read some of the opening chapter of Jacob Wrestling at The Weekly Rumpus.