Fiction: Things Behind the Sun by David W. Berner

David W. Berner

Martin Gregory believes he has one last shot at emotionally connecting with the son he adopted 17 years ago from the only woman he ever loved. A long road trip could be the answer. But the boy has other ideas as the two of them navigate the past and contemplate the future during a summer journey through the American West.

The trip uncovers long-held secrets, both Martin’s and his son’s. It becomes an exploration of whether the deep emotions that brought them together in the first place are more important than what could tear them apart.

Things Behind the Sun is a coming-of-age story about the powerful, complicated yet enduring bond between fathers and sons.

David W. Berner is an award-winning journalist, broadcaster, author, and associate professor at Columbia College Chicago. In 2011, he was named the Jack Kerouac Writer-in-Residence at the Jack Kerouac Project, and in 2015 David was named the Writer-in-Residence at the Ernest Hemingway Birthplace Home in Oak Park, IL. ◊

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