Holidays at Buchons’

Four Stories of Love, Hope & Food

Four stories of love, hope & food.

Join the misfits around Buchons’ holiday table in four enchanting stories of second chances and new beginnings.

Mark and Brie’s marriage was easier to dissolve than their restaurant; working so closely after their divorce leaves them wondering if a sweet future might outweigh bitter memories.

Sami and Carlos find themselves navigating the line between friendship and passion, but their hearts aren’t the only ones on the line.

Holly and Drew each cross the country to escape loss, only to find the promise of a fresh start together.

Pete and Jessa definitely don’t like one another, or so they keep saying, but navigating the pandemic in the Buchons’ orbit might just prove them wrong.

Santiago has his work cut out for him as he helps bring together a collection of strays to create a family.

Unkept

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.

Reviews:Priscilla and Her Books on Amazon.com wrote:

...if a writer can keep themselves, their ego, their opinions, their mental junk out of the way and pinpoint the focus, the story tells itself. This is what great writing is about. This is what Unkept is about.


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.