I’m very happy to announce that my novel The Leaving is now available in the Kindle Store! Priced at $2.99, it’s the story of an adolescent brother and sister in 1980s Dublin. While older sibling Stevie navigates his sexuality (and his life) confidently despite unrelenting hostility from their father, Cathy takes a long time to understand who she is, falling painfully in love with her best friend, Jeanette. Read the first chapter here.
I literally started writing the novel on a Mac Classic and I remember having to shuttle early chapters on floppy disk into San Francisco State to print out in the computer lab for novel workshop readers. It’s come a long way to end up as an ebook … and I can only hope that it will find readers on what looks like an immensely crammed virtual bookstore. (It’s also available as an ebook for U.K. readers on Amazon.co.uk.)
In other book news, The Leaving can be picked up on Smashwords for half-off till the end of July, as part of their summer site-wide promotion.
And a long short story of mine, “The Truth About Jack and Ray,” is currently free on the site! It’s the story of an older man looking back in 1990s San Francisco at his doomed same-sex affair with a self-centered young artist in the early 1950s. The story is an intense portrayal of a codependent relationship and the dizzying ups and downs that go along with that…
Finally, the good folks at LibraryThing let me to offer 50 copies of The Leaving as a member giveaway. If you’re signed up at the site, there’s still time to request a free copy of the book… ends today at 8pm!