It’s been more than three years since Edward Adrift extended the middle-age-coming-of-age story of Edward Stanton. Now a new book, chronicling Edward’s rapidly changing life, moves to the forefront.
Change keeps coming for Edward, whether he wants it or not. He and his wife, Sheila, have retreated to his small house in Montana after an unsuccessful attempt at operating a hotel in Colorado. That failure has left wounds that must be set aside for a bigger task at hand: parenthood.
In addition to dealing with the impending arrival of a baby (Edward, ever precise, refers to the gestating being as “Cellular Stanton”), he navigates married life with Sheila, who is unhappy and unfulfilled in Montana; a work partnership with his friend Scott Shamwell, whose own life is teetering; and the emergence of a long-buried family secret and the effect of this revelation on his relationship with his overbearing mother.
Even as Edward’s world expands, he must confront questions about who to let in, how much to give, the very definition of family, the fragility of hope, and the expanses of love.
Whether Edward Unspooled is your introduction to Edward Stanton or you’ve been on his journey right along with 600 Hours of Edward and Edward Adrift, you won’t be able to stop yourself for cheering for him.
About the book
Release date: July 23, 2016
Publisher: Missouri Breaks Press
Available formats: Paperback, Kindle, audiobook
Praise for the Edward series
“A spare, elegantly crafted whizz-bang of a book that, on its surface, is as quiet and orderly as Edward Stanton, but underneath, also like Edward, a cauldron of barely repressed rage and desire seeking escape.”—Missoula Independent, about 600 Hours of Edward
“Edward Adrift is that rarest of things: a sequel that is actually better than its predecessor.”—David Abrams, author of Fobbit
What the author says
You’d think I would have learned my lesson by now. If I say, without nuance or wiggle room, that I’m going to do something (or, more frequently, that I’m not going to do something), it naturally follows that I will do or not do precisely what I said I would or wouldn’t. (Is that perfectly clear, everybody?)
The point being, in early 2016, I made a solid proclamation to myself, to my family, and to some of my friends: I wasn’t going to write a book this year. I was going to do my other work, start building a life together with my fiancee, let myself decompress from six books in six years, and just have some fun. I said it because I believed it. I said it because I needed to give myself permission to chill out.
Then, in late February, I read through a manuscript I’d started two years earlier, a third installment of the Edward Stanton series that has changed the trajectory of my life and my work. I’d put it down in 2014 because I didn’t know where the story should go, or if it should go. I moved on to other things. I wrote The Fallow Season of Hugo Hunter and This Is What I Want, and I’d been proud to see both of those books come out, even if neither was a hit the way my previous three novels had been. I learned long ago that the only way to stay healthy in this business is to write the best book you can and surrender the outcome.
I read the manuscript, unburdened by some personal issues that were dragging on me two years earlier. I had fresh eyes that saw fresh avenues for the story, and I resolved to sit down and finish it. That happened in due time, and the story arc now is one that I never imagined years earlier when I started it. I’ve always had a soft spot in my heart for Edward, and always been appreciative that these stories have so many admirers around the world. This one only increases the stakes. I hope you like it.
So my year of decompression has become, instead, a year of new possibilities with an old friend. Rediscovering Edward turned my attitude and my aspirations around, same as he did in 2008 when I wrote what became 600 Hours of Edward, and a few years on when Edward Adrift came pouring out. He always shows up when I need him.