A boy coming of age in a part of the country that's being left behind is at the heart of this dazzling novel--the first by an award-winning author of short stories that evoke the American West.LONGLISTED FOR THE CENTER FOR FICTION FIRST NOVEL PRIZE - "August reads like early Hemingway, retooled for the present."--William Finnegan, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Barbarian Days Callan Wink has been compared to masters like Jim Harrison and Thomas McGuane. His short stories have been published in The New Yorker and have won numerous accolades. Now his enormous talents are showcased in a debut novel that follows a boy growing up in the middle of the country through those difficult years between childhood and adulthood. August is an average twelve-year-old. He likes dogs and fishing and doesn't mind early-morning chores on his family's Michigan dairy farm. But following his parents' messy divorce, his mother decides that she and August need to start over in a new town. There, he tries to be an average teen--playing football and doing homework--but when his role in a shocking act of violence throws him off course once more, he flees to a ranch in rural Montana, where he learns that even the smallest communities have dark secrets. Covering August's adolescence, from age twelve to nineteen, this gorgeously written novel bears witness to the joys and traumas that irrevocably shape us all. Filled with unforgettable characters and stunning natural landscapes, this book is a moving and provocative look at growing up in the American heartland.
Author: Callan Wink Publisher: Random House Trade Published: 10/19/2021 Pages: 304 Binding Type: Paperback Weight: 0.55lbs Size: 7.70h x 5.00w x 0.70d ISBN: 9780812983906
About the Author Callan Wink has been awarded fellowships by the National Endowment for the Arts and Stanford University, where he was a Wallace Stegner Fellow. His stories and essays appear widely, including in The New Yorker, Granta, Zoetrope All-Story, Playboy, Men's Journal and The Best American Short Stories anthology. His first book, Dog Run Moon, was shortlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize and received a PEN/Hemingway Award Honorable Mention. He lives in Livingston, Montana, where he is a fly-fishing guide on the Yellowstone River.