When Shakespeare Williams returns to his family’s farm in eastern
Colorado to bury his dead cat, he finds his widowed and senile father Emmett
living in squalor. He has no money, the land is fallow, and a local banker has
cheated his father out of the majority of the farm equipment and his beloved
Cessna. With no job and no prospects, Shakespeare suddenly finds himself
caretaker to both his dad and the farm, and he is drawn into an unlikely clique
of old high school classmates: Vaughn Atkins, a paraplegic confined to his
mother’s basement; Carissa McPhail, an overweight bank teller who pitches for
the local softball team; and longtime bully D.J. Beckman, who now deals drugs
throughout small-town Dorsey. Facing the loss of the farm, Shakespeare hatches
a half-serious plot with his father and his fellow gang of misfits to rob the
very bank that has stolen their future.
Mixing pathos and
humor in equal measure, Gregory Hill’s East of Denver is an unflinching
novel of rural America, a poignant, darkly funny tale about a father and son
finding their way together as their home and livelihood inexorably disappears. Download and start listening now!