An unexpected phone call from her estranged brother, Thom, propels Abby Sandler from her staid life as a teacher in Philadelphia to Atlanta, where over the ensuing holiday season, as Thom’s chaotic, eclectic group of friends swirls around them, Thom and Abby tentatively move toward reconciliation, and grapple with Thom’s recent diagnosis as HIV-positive.
“With the same winning flair and affecting poignancy that propelled his debut novel, Pagan Babies, Johnson effectively harnesses the sweeping notions of family, presenting his own take on the power of blood ties.” —Publishers Weekly
ABOUT GREG JOHNSON
Greg Johnson is the author of eleven previous books: the novels Pagan Babies and Sticky Kisses; a collection of poetry; a biography of Joyce Carol Oates; three works of literary criticism; and the short story collections Distant Friends, A Friendly Deceit, I Am Dangerous, and Last Encounter With the Enemy. He was named Georgia Author of the Year in 1991 and 1997. His fiction has garnered wide acclaim, from The New York Times,Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and Chicago Tribune to the Dallas Morning News, Los Angeles Times, and San Francisco Chronicle. A professor of English at Kennesaw State University, he lives in Atlanta.