She betrayed her lover first, then his mother, and finally the whole village.
They always knew she had come to thieve.
What they could not foresee is how they would betray each other until all she had to do was pick the pockets of the fallen.
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My debut novel, Subduction, is about an anthropologist who befriends and betrays a hoarder and her son on the Makah Indian Reservation, an old whaling village in Neah Bay, Washington. The anthropologist has a psychotic break in the field and begins an affair, using her lover to gain access to his mother and her cultural artifacts. It does not go well for them.
That’s what happens, but it is truer that my novel is about wanting more than we have, longing to belong, and choosing, only to lament our choices. I am now seeking representation for Subduction, which I have been researching and writing since 2007. If you like my writing, please contact me at k (at) kristenmyoung.com.
If you are interested in my novel, please watch my March 2013 Cheap Beer & Prose performance at Richard Hugo House.
To learn more about me, please check out this recent feature by newspaperalum.com or read this profile on UW’s Graduate School website.