Subduction: My Debut Novel




“Her fiction is well-observed and immersive, as you can see in this excerpt from her novel, Subduction.”

— The Stranger

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, a Latinx anthropologist called Claudia 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.

Read about Subduction in The Millions, where I was in conversation with Kirsten Sundberg Lunstrum. Subduction is currently available for pre-order through Red Hen Press, which offers free shipping before the April 14, 2020 pub date, Indiebound, and Amazon

Advance Praise for Subduction:

The brilliance of Subduction only suggests the wonders to come. It is a good day for us when Kristen Millares Young puts pen to paper. Highly recommended.—Luis Alberto Urrea, winner of the American Book Award, finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, author of The House of Broken Angels, The Devil’s Highway,Queen of America, Into the Beautiful NorthThe Hummingbird’s Daughter and Nobody’s Son

In this commanding novel, Kristen Millares Young captures the brutality of an anthropological gaze upon a Makah community. Her complex, exquisitely shaped characters embody the calamity of intrusion and the beauty of resilience.
—Elissa Washuta (Cowlitz), author of My Body is a Book of Rules and Starvation Mode

Young beautifully and vividly renders the Pacific Northwest, particularly the unique world of Neah Bay. Subduction is at once a thought-provoking meditation on the geography and geology of the natural world and a generous exploration of the natural shifts and movements that shape her characters.
— Jonathan Evison, New York Times bestselling author of Lawn Boy, This is Your Life Harriet Chance!, West of Here, All About Lulu, and The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving

Listen to a brief interview and reading here. Excerpts from Subduction have appeared in City Arts Magazine, Pacifica Literary Review, Jack Straw Writers Anthology and Shake the Tree, Vol. II.

© 2019 Kristen Millares Young.