Elizabeth Gilbert calls Megan Kruse "a young writer of raw and fearless talent" - quite the compliment from the author of the massively popular Eat, Pray, Love. Kruse's debut novel, Call Me Home, has been compared to the early work of Louise Erdrich and Marilynne Robinson with its mult-layered storytelling and gorgeous prose. Join us at Laurel Bookstore in welcoming author Megan Kruse to read from her debut book!
Call Me Home is told in three voices: Amy, who leaves her Texas home at nineteen to start a new life with a man she barely knows, and her two children, Jackson and Lydia, who are rocked by their parents’ abusive relationship. When Amy is forced to bargain for the safety of one child over the other, she must retrace the steps in the life she has chosen. Jackson, eighteen and made visible by his sexuality, leaves home and eventually finds work on a construction crew in the Idaho mountains, where he begins a potentially ruinous affair with Don, the married foreman of his crew. Lydia, his twelve-year-old sister, returns with her mother to Texas, struggling to understand what she perceives to be her mother’s selfishness. At its heart, this is a novel about family, our choices and how we come to live with them, what it means to be queer in the rural West, and the changing idea of home.
Megan Kruse grew up in the Pacific Northwest, and attended the Creative Writing MFA program at the University of Montana. Her work has appeared in many journals and anthologies.