My Pearl Jam-inspired novel

As I mentioned in another thread in this forum, I've written a Pearl Jam-inspired novel. It's called State of Love & Trust, and it's a tragicomedy about love, trust, Detroit, dogs and Pearl Jam fans. After writing and rewriting this book between 2006-2010, I "trunked" it for a long time and worked on several other novels. I pulled it out last February and put it through major revisions and lots of editing and polishing, and had the cover designed by someone who knew what he was doing. I finally published it on Wednesday.


Here's the book's blurb:
The words embroidered on their family crest reflect the hard-won dark humor of Ellie and Clive, twins building their lives on the seismic fault of a tabloid-worthy childhood. It’s all coming together for them, thick and solid as a storm front.

In Corktown, Detroit, Ellie is settled into a relationship with Clive’s best friend. He tolerates her evangelical zeal for Pearl Jam—right down to her refurbished school bus dedicated to the Yield album—even if he does prefer Kiss. But when they get a new housemate who’s true blue to Pearl Jam, patience, fidelity, friendship and truth will be tested from every possible angle.

Meanwhile, Clive has given up his lifelong hobby of worrying about everyone else, fled Detroit’s drama, and married the most together woman on the planet. She runs a heating business; he paints oversized album jacket replicas in their rural northern Michigan bungalow. It’s idyllic—until an invasion of microscopic Rafferty doom unmasks his cowardice. Clive is forced to choose between saving face, and finally facing down his worst enemy: himself.

Ellie and Clive might manage to outrun the Rafferty doom that has dogged them their entire lives, but it’s going to be a whole lot harder to outrun adulthood.
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The kids of today should defend themselves against the Seventies Nineties.


  • Thanks for sharing!
  • Dog LoyalDog Loyal Posts: 335
    Thursday, August 17 marks one year since the debut of my novel, State of Love & Trust. To celebrate, the Kindle version will be downloadable for FREE for two days only, August 17 & 18, at the link below. If you don't have a Kindle, you can download the Kindle smart phone or browser app for free.

    The link below also has a good long excerpt from the novel via Amazon's Look Inside feature.

    State of Love & Trust Novel on Amazon.
    The kids of today should defend themselves against the Seventies Nineties.
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