The New Existence
by Michael Collins
This title was previously available on NetGalley and is now archived.
Pub Date 01 Oct 2021 | Archive Date 01 Oct 2021
University of Iowa Press, University Of Iowa Press
Chicagoan Helen Price, a dying woman, recounts her life while driving toward an oncology appointment. She attempts to take her own life, survives, then dies under tragic circumstances.
In death, Helen bequeaths the family home to her only son, gay playwright Norman Price. Father to an adopted Chinese child, and recently broken up with his partner, Norman’s life is in crisis. Helen also bequeaths a series of tapes to Nate Feldman, a Vietnam draft dodger ensconced in the far reaches of Canada, and the son of Helen’s former boss, Theodore Feldman. Nate’s return to America to claim the tapes occasions confronting a history of animus between father and son, but also the nature of the relationship between Helen Price and Theodore Feldman.
Told from moving cars, the journeys of Norman Price and Nate Feldman converge toward unexpected mysteries and revelations that uncover not so much lies as understandings of life that no longer hold under the scrutiny of the present.
A Note From the Publisher
Praise for Michael Collins:
“Michael Collins tears into literary academe with great comic gusto.”—The New York Times Book Review
“The Keepers of Truth is a thunderous, magnificent, apocalyptic piece of prose; at once a requiem for America and an indictment of its recent past.”—Robert Macfarlane, The Guardian
“Thoroughly edgy, thoroughly enjoyable, The Keepers of Truth is an impressive performance from a rich and unpredictable talent.”—The Irish Times
“All American life is here. Michael Collins has captured its quirks, its daily rhythms, its underlying despair, and most impressively of all, its quiet optimism. In the margins of an exciting story well told, he has illuminated a whole way of life.”—The Sunday Telegraph