is finally here today on Kindle and in print within a couple of weeks:
Here is the Publisher's Weekly review. "In this slim, grim, and
powerful novel, Shirley lets his imagination loose on the
frightening possibilities of a massive natural disaster striking
a small American town. A tidal wave transforms Freedom,
Calif., from seaside idyll into a broken and perilously
unstable landscape. Survivors include some natural helpers
like Drew Haver and his son, Russ, as well as psychopaths
Dickie Rockwell, a gang leader and drug dealer,
and Lon Ferrara, the town’s ultralibertarian mayor, who
privatized emergency services and now refuses help from FEMA.
Treating women like commodities and wielding a plethora
of weapons, these men fight for survival and ownership
of the ruins. Shirley’s vision is vivid and horrifying..."
EVERYTHING IS BROKEN
Twenty-year-old Russ arrives in the northern California town of Freedom to visit his dad.
Remember when John was going to call this novel WELCOME TO FREEDOM? He told me that the book's first part is titled that.