Vestal McIntyre

Lake Overturn is now available in paperback.

  • A New York Time Book Review Editors' Choice
  • A Washington Post Best Book of 2009
  • Winner of the 2010 Grub Street National Book Prize
  • Winner of the 2010 Lambda Literary Award for Gay Fiction
  • Finalist for the 2010 VCU Cabell First Novelist Award and the Ferro-Grumley Literary Award
Lake Overturn has all the ingredients to be the next Great American Novel, including a dozen characters (these from mid-1980s Idaho) observed by an omniscient narrator who has humor, righteousness, and that rare ability to both dazzle and touch while remaining steadily entertaining.
   — The Advocate

“For nearly thirty years now we’ve been told that we are divided by religion and by region—Christian fundamentalists against secular progressives, the rural middle against the urban coast—and across the divide we’ve stared at one another, aided in our vision by little more than clichés. What a great relief, then, to read Vestal McIntyre’s splendid first novel, which renders such simplifications obsolete one character at a time, giving us instead, in all their broken, human form, the single mothers living in the respectable half of the trailer park and their brainy, lovelorn kids and perhaps McIntyre’s finest creation— the drug-addled sister of the school bus driver who longs to bear a child (she will break your heart). Lake Overturn is loving and searing and sad and, above all, a pleasure to read.”
— Adam Haslett, author of Union Atlantic and You Are Not a Stranger Here

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