Written by David Haynes
Estelle wants to retire with Janet to steamy Florida, but there’s baggage: Janet’s grandson Daniel is the sole survivor of a Jonestown- inspired murder committed by his mother. Daniel has a secret as well—his romantic relationship with Estelle’s grandson, Ari.
“Two boys fit nowhere except with each other. they are loved by their grandmothers, more fiercely, more unconditionally than even God could love these boys with their ‘exclusionary, jealous, and sophomoric love.’ The grandmothers, in turn, love each other and each other’s grandson. This constellation, four people leaning on each other, toward each other, is necessary because they are all survivors of monstrous family history. When someone you love hurts, what do you do? Characters respond with solutions, outlandish, meddling, maudlin, but well-intentioned. This sad yet funny novel about tragedy–not why it happens, but how we persevere–is a love story squared.”
–Debra Monroe, The Source of Trouble, Newfangled, Shambles and On the Outskirts of Normal.