by Kasie Whitener
Pub Date 3 Dec 2019
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Tony is dead. He killed himself Monday night. Three thousand miles away. Brian Listo is going home.
Five days. Four best friends who don’t forgive him. Three women who can’t stand him. Two parents who don’t trust him. One unforgivable sin he can’t hide from anymore. Brian is back in Virginia despite the craters he left at New Year’s. Back to eat crow. To beg forgiveness. To explain himself to anyone who will listen. Except the one person who can no longer hear him. Growing up, Tony always covered for Brian, made even his most heinous sins seem like minor infractions. But without Tony to play defense, Brian must learn to apologize. It’s time to come clean. Can he earn forgiveness? Does he deserve it? Or does he just need a clean break? Like Ethan Hawke’s The Hottest State, After December catches a young man enjoying the peak of his greed while the most important part of his life falls apart. Brian’s loss resembles our own emergence from adolescence into the hard realities of adulthood. It’s so brutally familiar we cannot look away. And yet redemption lingers as it did for all of us. In the warmth of spring. Long After December.
A Note From the Publisher
“After December is a richly satisfying immersion into the passions and tensions of a world-weary group of friends and lovers reunited in acts of mourning, resentment, and forgiveness. Kasie Whitener’s impressive novel questions just how far the bonds of platonic and romantic love can be stretched before breaking beyond any hope of mending. The answer is both redemptive and well worth discovering.“—Jonathan Haupt, coeditor of Our Prince of Scribes: Writers Remember Pat Conroy and executive director of the Pat Conroy Literary Center
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