My debut novel Subduction is a lyric retelling of the troubled history of encounter in the Americas. Subduction is forthcoming from Red Hen Press on April 14, 2020.
Fleeing the shattered remains of her marriage and a betrayal by her sister, in the throes of a midlife freefall, Latinx anthropologist Claudia Ranks retreats from Seattle to Neah Bay, a Makah whaling village on the jagged Pacific coast. Claudia yearns to lose herself to the songs of the tribe and the secrets of her guide, a spirited hoarder named Maggie. But when, spurred by his mother’s failing memory, Maggie’s prodigal son Peter returns seeking answers to his father’s murder, Claudia discovers in him the abandon she craves.
Through the passionate and violent collision of these two outsiders, Subduction portrays not only their strange allegiance but also their imperfect attempts to find community after grievous losses.
© 2019 Kristen Millares Young.