A subtle and compelling debut novel about a suburban American family coming to terms with its tragic and shameful past. Exploring themes like sexuality, voyeurism and death, there is a constant mood of suspense that leaves readers breathtakingly waiting for the ‘fearful truth’.
Only one person knew that Ed Lawson used to watch his sister Mary Anne in the shower. But it is only in the more recent past when Althea, Ed's daughter, meets her Aunt Mary Anne at her father's funeral, that she starts to understand and reconcile her own resentment with a growing understanding of her parent's motivations, desires, and failures. Told in three distinct parts by the defeated Ed Lawson, his manic wife Josephine, and their bitter but earnest daughter Althea, this compelling tale of violence, sexual shame, and personal failure recounts the dreadful secrets of a broken family. In order to be healed, Ed, Josephine, and Althea must each tell their unique stories, and each of them must seek, acknowledge, and eventually accept the fearful truth about their pained and haunted lives together.
‘A wonderfully subtle novel ... this terse, deceptively simply told story is a moving study of how trauma can unwittingly be passed on through generations’ The Bookseller
Publication date: 24/04/2012
Publisher: Roman Books
|Publication date:||24th April 2012|
|Genres:||Debuts of the Month, Literary Fiction,|
Jason Hinojosa is the acclaimed author of The Conception of Zachary Muse. He taught literature and creative writing in Florida and Hong Kong and currently teaches at Brentwood School. In the last decade, he has lived and worked in Hong Kong, India, and Rwanda and now lives in Los Angeles. He has published a number of short stories and won two literary awards. Author photo © Jason Hinojosa Below is a Q&A with this author. 1. Can you describe your new book The Conception of Zachary Muse?The Conception of Zachary Muse is a love ...More About Jason Hinojosa