Happy book release day to Andy Kalan, author of Finding the Place Where Everything Lives!
Daniel and Claire Morrow are newlyweds with different pasts–Daniel lived a life of privilege while Claire was born into poverty. But yet, they fell in love. When they move to Manhattan from their Midwestern college in the days leading up to the Great Recession, the disparities in their background become more prevalent. Daniel struggles to succeed in the financial arena as the economy implodes, and Claire questions her ambitions as a dancer. As the foundation of their marriage and the romanticized ideas they brought to the city erode under the pressure, they’re forced to question who they are becoming, both as individuals and to each other.
EXCERPT FROM FINDING THE PLACE WHERE EVERYTHING LIVES
She took my hand, leading me out from the cover and onto the ground. I lay beside her as the flakes tumbled down, piling up around the outline of our bodies.
“If you could give one line to the world,” she said, “what would it be?”
“I don’t know. That’s a hard question.”
“Come on, if someone handed you a megaphone, and it could reach every person in the world, what would you say?”
My mind was blank. I hadn’t ever been asked that before.
On the other side of the street, her friends had emerged from the car. Some of them danced and spun around aimlessly while others threw handfuls of snowy powder into the air.
“You know what I would say,” she said. “I would say that when you love people, you make them human. I once heard Maya Angelou say that forgiveness restores humanity. It breathes life back into what is damaged. That’s what I’d want the whole world to know: how to love.”
The snow continued to fall, but it seemed to be gentler as it kissed our faces and the ground next to us. I closed my eyes and thought about her question. I couldn’t stop thinking about her friends and how unbridled they were in their enjoyment of the snow. And that’s when it hit me. I said, “I think I would say that we were meant to be free.”
She turned her head toward me.
“I like that,” she whispered, “I like that a lot.”
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
ANDY KALAN was born in upstate New York, grew up in the Midwest, and returned to New York with his wife and two kids. His work has been published in a handful of local publications. This is his debut novel.
Learn more about Andy here: www.andykalan.com.