an apparent horizon

With a slight limp, perhaps from the weight of the machine, he disappears behind the trailer to the terracotta path and begins with the pine needles.

An Apparent Horizon is a collection of stories and novellas managing ideas at the intersection of race and collective memory. The novella that the manuscript is built around tells the story of environmental and agricultural activist Marley Gillette in the weeks that follow her failed hunger strike in the California desert. Mar, as she comes to be known by the reader, returns defeated to Los Angeles and is confronted by the interrupted and incomplete mourning of her father, whom we learn died rather suddenly two years prior. Sequestering herself in her childhood home above the city, she discovers an ally in Teddy, the son of her father’s gardener. It is through her interactions with Teddy, the caretaker of the exterior of her empty property, that we see her navigate the distances in her life—between herself and her mother, herself and the city, and, ultimately, herself and her father. But this story is also about that which is irreconcilable and escapes recording—most notably, the lingering awareness that Mar may have had a half-brother who perished in the violence surrounding the 1992 civil unrest in Los Angeles. To Mar’s great frustration, her mother, long-separated from her father, remains unwilling or unable to corroborate the existence of this other child. Tracing this apparent erasure, echoes of the unrest are a recurrent yet understated and unresolved motif throughout.

this book is under submission / please email if you would like to view the manuscript