East of Denver by Gregory Hill

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Winner of the 2013 Colorado Book Award for Literary Fiction - a poignant, darkly comic debut novel about a father and son finding their way together as their livelihood inexorably disappears

When Stacey “Shakespeare” Williams returns to the family farm in eastern Colorado to bury his dead cat, he finds his widowed father, Emmett, living in squalor. There’s no money, the land is fallow, and a local banker has cheated the senile Emmett out of the majority of the farm equipment and his beloved Cessna.

Unemployed and without prospects, Shakespeare settles in as caretaker to both his dad and the farm while simultaneously getting drawn into an unlikely clique of former classmates. Threatened with the farm’s foreclosure, Shakespeare, Emmett, and his misfit friends hatch a half-serious plot to rob the very bank that stole their future.


About Gregory Hill

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GREGORY HILL lives in Denver, where he works at the University of Denver library and plays in the Babysitters, a rock-and-roll power trio that includes his wife on drums.
Published July 5, 2012 by Plume. 274 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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You can go home again, but Lord knows why you'd ever want to. Such is the lesson learned by rural drifter Stacey "Shakespeare" Williams in this agreeable, offbeat debut novel.

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Though Shakes’s psychic paralysis is palpable, it’s hard to understand when he admits, “I didn’t want to call for help.” If Shakes revealed what stalled his life’s takeoff back in Denver—before his parents were ill—it might be clearer why he refuses to look for at least one parach...

May 28 2012 | Read Full Review of East of Denver

Portland Book Review

The banker helped himself when he should have been helping Shakes’s dad, and now Shakes, an overweight anorexic bank teller, a paraplegic shut-in, and Shakes’s mechanical genius father—who can do incredible things when he remembers how—to set things right.

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