NOVELS Click images to enlarge
When his mother commits suicide in the winter of 1992, University
of Texas sophomore Joel Grayson represses the circumstances of
her death and his fear that he might be responsible. Using his best
friend, James, as a life line, he manages to create a space for
himself and his art. But the past writhes beneath the surface, and
when his relationship with James becomes sexual and eventually
falls apart, he finds himself suddenly incapable of work. As memories
of his abusive childhood force themselves to the forefront, Joel reaches
out to Adam Atwater, a one night stand laden with possibility. Can Joel
find salvation in Adam? Or will he summon the courage to save himself?
I, Too, Have Suffered in the Garden
Still suffering the fallout of his partner's death from AIDS a dozen
years ago, Adam Atwater tailspins after his fortieth birthday as he
copes with his father's terminal illness, a career from which he derives
little satisfaction, and an affair with a colleague that leaves him further
from his current partner than he ever imagined. As Adam cares for his
father, memories of Bobby's illness resurface, along with guilt for the
infidelity he incurred as his lover lay dying. Tormented by the past,
Adam teeters on the brink of insanity, poised to lose everything he
now holds dear.
The Sing of the Gate (forthcoming)
As his marriage unravels after the birth of his son, James turns to
Joel for support, but Joel’s brief, unexpected encounter with Adam,
who he hasn't seen in years, threatens to undermine the forward
movement of their relationship. When James’s son goes missing,
these men must examine the course of synchronous events leading
up to the boy's disappearance, and confront their preconceptions
regarding free will.
SHORT STORIES Click images to enlarge
When his college girlfriend becomes pregnant, James wrestles with
her decision to abort, and realizes the significance of his relationship
with his roommate.
“The Killing Jar”
Elizabeth ruminates on her difficulty conceiving a child and her
husband’s obsession with impregnating her.
A near-tragedy at the swimming pool where she works as a lifeguard
leaves Cathleen calling into question her relationship with her best
friend, and her boyfriend's relationship with his roommate.
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