shepherd's derelict

Publication Date: July 6, 2021

PRINT ISBN: 978-0997210217
EPUB ISBN: 978-0997210224


About the Author

A.G. Bennett lives with her wife and family of elderly four-footeds in the woods of Wisconsin. She has worked on a crab tender off the Pribilof Islands, as a Hardee’s line cook, a dishwasher, a waitress, a roofer, and as a glorified toilet cleaner in a ranger’s uniform. She has published several children’s picture books under another name. This is her first novel

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What does it take to build a life from broken pieces? For Michelle Shepherd, the question is essential.

On the foundations of an erratic and sometimes violent childhood, Michelle has created success as an artist while caretaking her elderly father and his expat Vietnam war buddies. Michelle’s father begins drinking and making risky, possibly criminal choices just as she falls in love with a theater director named Celeste—two situations for which she has little adult experience and few skills. When grisly evidence of a crime washes up beneath her remote cabin home, Michelle is convinced of her father’s guilt and forced to a reckoning with family secrets—some she’s kept from others, and some she has kept from herself. Access to the past opens up surprising possibilities but also a minefield of difficult choices.

Shepherd’s Derelict is a portrait of a troubled found family and the sacrifices we make for love.