Wax Engine Parade (Novel): In the summer of 1997, bassist Noah and his offbeat bandmates hop into a ramshackle van to embark on a career-defining tour across the country. On the road, Noah develops feelings for Eli, the band’s leader who suffers from depression and painful glass shards sprouting from his head. As fame veers within reach and Eli’s afflictions worsen, Noah must navigate his desires and the remaining tour with care to protect the band—and man—he loves.

What Remains in the Dust & Debris (Novel): The night Nettle’s brother disappears, surreal, ominous plagues infest their rural Oklahoma town. Convinced the events are connected, she sets out to find him and protect her home from ruin. In possession of only a mysterious voice message left three days after her brother’s disappearance as evidence he hasn’t ODed and died in a ditch somewhere, she enlists the help of both her weed dealer/best buddy and high school ex-girlfriend to track him down. Soon, their search bleeds outside Oklahoma state lines and into seedy punk houses and music venues across the Southwest. But as the dead ends, half-baked leads, and near-misses pile up, and Nettle closes in, she must confront the ugly, quickly unraveling truths about her brother.

we’d go up on the roof at night and actually contemplate the moon
my friends and i trying to blow each others’ minds
just lying there gazing, young and ridiculous
and we meant it, our eyes watering

the microphones (phil elverum)