Virtual: Richard Mirabella - Brother & Sister Enter the Forest: A Novel

Tuesday, April 4th, 2023, 7pm ET. Online only via Zoom. (Free) registration required: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/568230471637

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Author Richard Mirabella visits Gibson's Bookstore virtually to present his novel, Brother & Sister Enter the Forest. Opening like a fairy tale and ending like a nightmare, this cannonball of a queer coming-of-age novel follows a young man's relationship with a violent older boyfriend—and how he and his sister survive a terrible crime.

After years of severed communication, Justin appears on his sister’s doorstep needing a place to stay. The home he's made for himself has collapsed, as has everything else in his life. When they were children, Willa played the role of her brother’s protector, but now, afraid of the chaos he might bring, she’s reluctant to let him in.

Willa lives a carefully ordered life working as a nurse and making ornate dioramas in her spare time. As Justin tries to connect with the people she’s closest to—her landlord, her boyfriend, their mother—she begins to feel exposed. Willa and Justin’s relationship has always been strained yet loving, frustrating and close. But it hits a new breaking point when Justin spirals out of control, unable to manage his sobriety and the sustained effects of a brain injury.

Years earlier, in high school, desperate to escape his home life and his disapproving, troubled mother, Justin falls into the hands of his first lover, a slightly older boy living on his own who offers Justin some semblance of intimacy and refuge. When Justin’s boyfriend commits a terrifying act of violence, the two flee on a doomed road trip, a journey that will damage Justin and change his and his family’s lives forever.

Weaving together these two timelines, Brother & Sister Enter the Forest unravels the thread of a young man’s trauma and the love waiting for him on the other side.

Richard Mirabella is a writer and civil servant living in upstate New York. His short stories have appeared in Story MagazineAmerican Short Fiction online, One StorySplit Lip Magazine, and elsewhere. Brother & Sister Enter the Forest is his first novel.

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Brother & Sister Enter the Forest: A Novel By Richard Mirabella Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781646221172
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Catapult - March 14th, 2023

Finalist for the Lambda Literary Awards
A New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice

Opening like a fairy tale and ending like a nightmare, this cannonball of a queer coming-of-age novel follows a young man's relationship with a violent older boyfriend—and how he and his sister survive a terrible crime


Nobody Gets Out Alive: Stories By Leigh Newman Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9781982180300
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Scribner - April 12th, 2022

LONGLISTED FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD AND THE STORY PRIZE

Named a BEST BOOK OF 2022 by Oprah Daily, Vogue, Kirkus Reviews, Library Journal, and Electric Lit

From a prizewinning author comes an “electric...stunning” (Publishers Weekly, starred review) debut story collection about women navigating the wild


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