East of Denver (Paperback)

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When Shakespeare Williams returns to his family's farm in eastern Colorado to bury his dead cat, he finds his widowed and senile father Emmett living in squalor. He has no money, the land is fallow, and a local banker has cheated his father out of the majority of the farm equipment and his beloved Cessna.

With no job and no prospects, Shakespeare suddenly finds himself caretaker to both his dad and the farm, and drawn into an unlikely clique of old high school classmates: Vaughn Atkins, a paraplegic confined to his mother's basement, Carissa McPhail, an overweight bank teller who pitches for the local softball team, and longtime bully D.J. Beckman, who now deals drugs throughout small-town Dorsey. Facing the loss of the farm, Shakespeare hatches a half-serious plot with his father and his fellow gang of misfits to rob the very bank that has stolen their future.

Mixing pathos and humor in equal measure, Gregory Hill's East of Denver is an unflinching novel of rural America, a poignant, darkly funny tale about a father and son finding their way together as their home and livelihood inexorably disappears.

Gregory Hill lives, writes, and makes odd music on the Colorado High Plains. The Lonesome Trials of Jophnny Riles won the Leapfrog Global Fiction Prize. A former book buyer for the University of Denver library, he was the 2012 Boulder County Artist in Residence, and his previous novel, East of Denver (Dutton, 2012), won the 2013 Colorado Book Award for Literary Fiction. The paperback edition was named among the Best Book Covers of 2013 by the New York Times.

Product Details ISBN: 9781948585484
ISBN-10: 1948585480
Publisher: Leapfrog Press
Publication Date: April 26th, 2022
Language: English