Bannerwing Books is counting down to March 2!
Unkept, by Ericka Clay, will be released on March 2! Bannerwing Books knows you’ll fall under the gritty spell of Vienna and Heather — we’ve been excited about this project for months, and now we’d like to welcome you to explore Unkept.
Unkept welcomes readers to Burling Gates, Missouri
As the live-in manager at her father’s funeral home in Burling Gates, Missouri, Vienna Oaks has succumbed to the mediocrity and abject loneliness of her life. Her days are suspended between the mundane and the misery of her clients’ throttling grief, of changing light bulbs, and encountering strangers as bereft as she. But after orchestrating the funeral for a little boy named Parker prompts a severe panic attack, she finds herself at a personal crossroads in which she is forced to confront the pregnancy she’s been hiding, her childhood nemesis, the boy she never stopped loving, and the deep-seated secret surrounding her mother’s death more than a decade before.
In another part of town, Heather Turnbull has just learned from her estranged father that her mother, a lifelong recluse, has died. When making arrangements for her funeral, Heather chooses Oaks Family Funeral home, where she comes face to face with Vienna – the woman she tortured throughout grade school, the woman who has recently had an affair with her husband.
Together, Vienna and Heather navigate through a makeshift friendship born of circumstance and devised to assuage their ambivalence towards motherhood and their tenuous relationship with reality, discovering, in tandem, the art of forgiveness and the will to go on.
With humor and poignancy, Ericka Clay’s debut novel, Unkept, explores the thorny landscape of childhood trauma and the ferocious politics between little girls — and the adults they become.
More about Unkept‘s author, Ericka Clay
Ericka Clay is a published novelist represented by Robyn Russell and the founding editor of Tipsy Lit. Ericka has been awarded a number of times by Writers Digest for various short fiction pieces, she has written three novels (one of which placed as a quarter-finalist in the 2010 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award contest) and is in the process of writing her fourth novel, White Smoke. She lives in Louisville, Kentucky with her husband, daughter, two dogs and a particularly unruly imagination.
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