Shelter in Place: A Chat with Novelist Alexander Maksik
Huffington Post - 6 months
The first line of Alexander Maksik's third novel, "Shelter in Place," perfectly sets the stage for this brutal, elegant book full of yearning and nostalgia. "In the summer of 1991 my mother beat a man to death with a twenty-two ounce Erstwing framing hammer and I fell in love with Tess Wolff."
"Shelter in Place" explores questions of family loyalty, love and mental illness, but most importantly, it delves into the frustrating lack of options for those eager to end the epidemic of violence against women. Ensconced in a house in the woods in the present day, Joe March, the novel's narrator, reflects back on his strange coming-of-age, which began that fateful day when his mother snapped in the parking lot of a hardware store after witnessing a man she didn't know hit first his child, and then his wife.
In sensual, musical prose, Maksik creates Joe's March's longing for both the love of his life, and the family that was irremediably changed that summer day in 1991. "Shelter in Place
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