Trent Wolfer has blown it, in every possible way, over and over and over. And now he’s blowing it again. Fresh out of rehab, he’s back in his hometown working a dead-end job at a fast food joint and cutting out on his breaks to sneak airplane bottles of vodka and gin, when he looks up from his register one day to see Suze Randall, his closest friend from high school, now a radiant blonde single mother of two.
Set in a small, sun-drenched Northern California town shifting from hippie haven to moneyed paradise, Blithedale Canyon asks whether a man who has spent his whole life screwing up can stop long enough to avoid destroying a woman he loves. Michael Bourne’s funny, edgy debut is a literary love story for every man who has ever wondered why he keeps smashing up the things he cares about, and for every woman who’s ever wondered what was going on in the head of that guy she spent her twenties trying to fix.
Michael Bourne is a contributing editor at Poets & Writers Magazine and a staff writer at The Millions. He has written for The New York Times, The Globe and Mail, Literary Hub, and Salon, and his fiction has appeared in more than a dozen literary magazines including december, The Southampton Review, and Tin House. Blithedale Canyon is his first novel.
Michael Bourne photo courtesy of the author.