A Lovely, Indecent Departure
Anna Miller wants only one thing, her son, and she will do anything to keep him. When a district court awards custody of Oliver to his father, she abducts the five year old and flees to Italy where with her family’s help they disappear into her native homeland.
With this captivating debut novel, Gilbert fashions a dark and richly beautiful lament for parenthood, set amidst the heart wrenching landscape of divorce and child custody. Standing in the young mother’s way is Evan Meade, the boy’s guileful and mean-spirited father, who hires a private investigator when the efforts of the embattled local sheriff, Monroe Rossi, fail to track them down. But even as the investigation draws them all closer to Anna, Evan’s true nature betrays itself and the question of what’s in the child’s best interest becomes not so clear anymore.
Told in prose that is terse, stripped-down, precise and objectively detailed, in a voice that refuses to intrude on the minds of its characters, A Lovely, Indecent Departure, captures in stark detail a world in which modern archetypes are turned upside down and may have you asking yourself: What would you do?
The Dead Lion
Of all the grim journeys a soldier must face, none may be more daunting and unpredictable than returning home from war. If accompanied by great personal loss, the tension, anxiety and uncertainty of survival never give way completely to normalcy. Anger, alienation, and feelings of helplessness remain. This is the emotional terrain of “The Dead Lion,” which tells the story of a young, Army vet raging against the futility and moral complexity of what happens when the enemy we face is inside us.