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Fields and Contrails
A Political Fiction
Fields and Contrails is a story about an election. About math games played in dark rooms, lit by computer screens in late-night chats. About alcohol binding emotions to the glass holding it, with suicide booths on the sidewalk outside. About static hissing in high-end headphones. About ELF actions, anarchy, grant-funded activism, and routes across the national border in the Great Lakes to freedom. About those making their way below concrete-colored skies.
This novel was written to explore relationships under overlapping strains, and the ways that people communicate and conceal themselves while doing so. A critical examination of alcoholism, the male gaze, and privilege. These are the thoughtless choices and random events that define us. This is 2004 in Ohio and George W Bush is running for reelection. This is flyover country.
About the Author
I have two decades' experience on campaigns, activism, and community organizing. I spent two years on the production line as a union autoworker. I read widely, but came back time and again to science fiction, magical realism, and speculative fiction. I think there is value and truth in getting outside of reality but staying grounded in a believable world.
This is my first book, but I am working on a more straightforward memoir that I will be publishing serially on Vella then compiling.