RAISED BY A DEAD MAN is my debut memoir represented by Bonnie Solow of Solow Literary.
A coming-of-age story, RAISED BY A DEAD MAN begins with the coolest thing ever: an act of violence that quite nearly takes the life of my father, a Mormon small business owner. In my 12-year-old mind, the worst part is all the hugging. But Dad getting shot twelve times in his store and surviving? That’s awesome. It gets even better when my family is featured on national television in the proto-reality show Rescue 911.
In the years following, Dad’s body slowly deteriorates from complications from the shooting and our relationship goes right along with it. A battleground is established on the field of faith and I am forced to find my own answers to life’s biggest questions. Then, just when I think I’ve got it all figured out, a greater and decidedly less awesome tragedy strikes. My understanding of life and its purpose is forever changed.
RAISED BY A DEAD MAN is a memoir about the hope we can have that our suffering is more glorious and less pointless than we think. It is a story writ large with incident, self-loathing, fear, forgiveness and, ultimately, faith.