Attic founder David Biespiel's acclaimed novel


"Beautiful." Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Thoughtful." Kirkus Reviews

"Poetic." Lone Star Review

In his thirteenth book, acclaimed poet, critic, memoirist, and founder of the Attic David Biespiel turns to the novel to tell a story about Texas that has few, if any, parallels in Texas literature — a novel about the tensions between ambition and faith, duty and desire, art and life, and about those whose lives must live with the consequences of choosing one over the other.

“As smart, as funny and...searingly honest” — Jess Walter, National Book Award finalist and author of The Angel of Rome

"Carves out a place of freedom founded on poetry and debauchery."— Vanessa Veselka, National Book Award long-listed author of The Great Offshore Ground 

“This is a classic American tale.” — Whitney Otto, New York Times bestselling author of How to Make an American Quilt

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