Introducing Unkept by Ericka Clay
From the day we opened — and devoured — Unkept, we’ve been so excited to release it into the world. Ericka Clay introduces readers to Burling Gates with a funeral, and her characters won’t loose you from their grip until their stories unfold.
Bannerwing Books adores new release days. Working behind the scenes to bring a novel to life means reading, re-reading, strategizing, chatting about covers and character motivation, and basically learning each page of the book, each bump in the plot, until you can’t wait for everyone to open the book themselves.
Family relationships are complicated, dark, and sometimes love and betrayal twist together until the only possible response is humor, which you’ll find in Burling Gates when you least expect it. 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.
An excerpt from Ericka Clay’s new novel
I tell Loretta no, that I could use a little fresh air but don’t mention it’s because the weight of Parker’s cremation is still burdening my mind. I grab my bag from the spot next to the desk, and drop the card from Rosa in. I watch as it settles amongst my wallet, the worn and torn University of Chicago pamphlet I keep to remind myself that the world doesn’t stop existing past the Burling Gates exit – right smack in the middle of Missouri – and the bottle of pills I’ve ignored for three months. I walk outside and head quickly down the porch stairs only because I know Dad and Loretta are probably spying on me through the dark wooden slats of the office window. When I’m out of view of the home I stop, my wrists grazing my short floral dress, the sun bursting the brush of color into flames. I grab my cell phone and call him because there’s nobody else left.
Ericka Clay, Unkept
3 reasons you need to read Unkept
- Each character in Unkept has definite quirks, and Ms. Clay isn’t afraid to use them.
- A trampoline scene that bounces — see what we did there? — between humor and pain.
- Loretta’s wardrobe, garden gnomes, and Rosa’s preferred reading location.
Where to find Unkept
Today, you can dive into Unkept. We’ll wait for you to come up for air to tell us how much you love it.