In the blue-collar town of Chittenango in upstate New York, birthplace of L. Frank Baum, two boys are abducted from the annual Oz Fest. When they are next seen, 10-year-old Dean has escaped by swimming across Oneida Lake with his brother’s dead body.

The novel follows the wake of this unspeakable act of violence as Dean, his family, and the town struggle to cope with the compounding damage, from sexual abuse to drug addiction to abandonment, all the while hoping for redemption. WHERE THE SUN SHINES OUT is a novel about families, trauma, and the terrible things people do to each other when they’re doing their best.

Advance Praise:

“I fucking loved this book. WHERE THE SUN SHINES OUT is one of the purest explorations of pain I’ve read since Leaving Las Vegas. Natural, conversational prose and characters that very well might live across the street from all of us populate this story of how a simple decision can define all the lives around us. Every moment of violence is balanced with an underlining tenderness that leaves the nerves raw and heart swollen. I’ll dare to bet this novel will be talked about for many, many years to come.”
—Brian Panowich, author of Bull Mountain

“Through a series of emotional aftershocks, Kevin Catalano’s WHERE THE SUN SHINES OUT centers on identity, sexuality, and the abiding nature of family and home place; this arresting novel striking in an instant yet unspooling its trauma throughout interconnected stories gripped by prescience. Unsettling and deeply felt, a book that reminds us fate won’t be outrun.”
—Erin McKnight, founding editor and publisher of Queen’s Ferry Press

WHERE THE SUN SHINES OUT will be available Fall 2017 through Arcade Publishers

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