GENRE: Literary Fiction
Depressed and anxious from years of social isolation and bullying, 30-year old Claire Walker’s tentative grip on emotional stability is further strained when her father, William – a theoretical physicist – dies without warning.
While recovering from a migraine at her father’s wake, she discovers his last, unpublished work; a controversial model of the universe, which if proved, would challenge our most fundamental notions – not only of space and time – but of life itself. Claire’s own life is a tale of distortion – of giftedness masked by disability – and she seizes upon the manuscript as her Raison d’Etre. To have a hand in its publication would reconcile a lifetime of pain and self-doubt.
On the day of William’s funeral, Claire’s new-found purpose is challenged when she receives a conflicting account of her father’s work. What she ultimately chooses to believe will either set her on a path of healing or spiraling out of control.
é·tude is an exquisitely hand-crafted, limited edition chapbook featuring a collection of original erotic poems and artful photography.
Self/Less explores identity through the experiences that shape us, and reflects on the timeless themes of family, love, loss, and renewal.
The following excerpt is titled, Heredity.
An echo of the past
betrays a future bound by hope
A violence unleashed by tongues
Man swallows his words
Chokes on the bile
of his childhood wounds
Bitter seeds take root and sprout
and overbearing branches
snap the little bones like twigs
Mothers, dried of tears
sip gin and look away
The silence before the storm
of self-destruction or retaliation
© Nikki S Hunter, 2018