Dreaming Home

Category: Book
By (author): Childs, Lucian
Subject:  FICTION / Canadian
  FICTION / LGBTQ+ / General
  FICTION / Literary
  FICTION / Own Voices
  QUEER & TRANS / Fiction
Audience: general/trade
Publisher: Biblioasis
Published: June 2023
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 224
Size: 8.00in x 5.00in x 0.40in
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$ 22.95
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Additional Notes

From The Publisher*

A queer coming-of-age-and coming-to-terms-follows the aftereffects of betrayal and poignantly explores the ways we search for home.

When a sister's casual act of betrayal awakens their father's demons-ones spawned by his time in Vietnamese POW camps-the effects of the ensuing violence against her brother ripple out over the course of forty years, from Lubbock, to San Francisco, to Fort Lauderdale. Swept up in this arc, the members of this family and their loved ones tell their tales. A queer coming-of-age, and coming-to-terms, and a poignant exploration of all the ways we search for home, Dreaming Home is the unforgettable story of the fragmenting of an American family.

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Praise for Dreaming Home

"The marvel of Childs' small book is its sharp, heartbreaking examination of how the people we love are also affected by our trauma, are witnesses sometimes to it, and live in its lifetime of complex, difficult reverberations, all from that singular hurtful moment, that seemingly insignificant choice in our past. Childs understands the true gravity of trauma, extending beyond just the traumatized individual to the friends, family, and lovers beside us, and in these six dazzling, entwined stories he maps their orbits around their damaged polestar. Because of this, it's their collective story-each character's voice amplifying the others-that glows the brightest."
-Patrick Earl Ryan, author of the Flannery O'Connor Award-winning short story collection, If We Were Electric

"Both intimate and far-reaching, Dreaming Home movingly explores how people change, and how they don't; how they heal, and how they can't ... or maybe still can. There is seemingly no life Childs can't dream his way into, and every character in this beautiful book is drawn with empathy and tenderness."
-Caitlin Horrocks, author of The Vexations

"Dreaming Home is nothing short of a conjuring act. In Kyle, Lucian Childs has created a living, suffering man out of negative space. Yet we come to know him, and feel for him, thanks to the cast of funny and flawed characters whose lives he touches. Through their love, exasperation, and remorse, the void that is Kyle miraculously takes on its human shape. Entertaining and wise, Dreaming Home is wonderful debut."
-Caroline Adderson, author of Bad Imaginings and A History of Forgetting

"Dreaming Home is the propulsive tale of how one act of cruelty can reverberate through many lives and for many decades. Childs intricately and carefully brings to life the constellation of characters who circle around Kyle and his queer coming of age. Dreaming Home poses brilliant and important questions, forcing the reader to consider the power we have over one another and the twisted and painful paths life can take toward joy."
-Lydia Conklin, author of Rainbow Rainbow

"In Dreaming Home, Lucian Childs constructs, from various perspectives, the life of Kyle-a young gay man traumatized early in life, first by his father and then by conversion therapy-who is searching for, as the title suggests, that most elusive of things: home. As he takes us from Texas to San Francisco to Florida, Childs brings it all-compelling prose, first-rate storytelling, and a bittersweet and utterly effecting renegotiation of the meaning of family."
-Lori Ostlund, author of After the Parade

Praise for Lucian Childs

"The stories of Lucian Childs are marked by their breath and diversity of characters-not just gender ... but age, economics, level of education, and types of concerns and life problems. He can be funny, he can be poetic, but his humor is always the appetizer toward a main course of slightly darker journeys, of the sadness and even desperation that attends the exploration of identity."
-Nancy Zafris, author of The Home Jar

Biographical NoteLucian Childs has been a Peter Taylor Fellow at the Kenyon Review Writers Workshop. He is a co-editor of Lambda Literary finalist Building Fires in the Snow: A Collection of Alaska LGBTQ Short Fiction and Poetry. Born in Dallas, Texas, he has lived in Toronto, Ontario, for fifteen years, since 2015 on a permanent basis.