QUEEN ANNE COWBOY by Jay Kristensen Jr.
Queen Anne Cowboy is like rain on a windshield, breaking up the dust. The rain is a singer-songwriter named Terrell Jamestone, telling the story of his kid brother, Ethan, a seventh grader who scored high enough on the SATs to skip ahead to college, but cuts himself with a razor blade late at night. The dust is the kind of trouble that hides in good neighborhoods. Maybe you know something about that.
Guiding Ethan from self-harm towards compassion, Terrell still succumbs to his own inner demons, abandoning his dreams to alcohol. The daughter he leaves behind, Belinda, grows up to be wild and strong, an aspiring teenage poet hurting from his absence. Crossing into adulthood, Ethan tries to repay his brother’s kindness by looking after her. Ten years pass—ten years of rainforests and meditation, bad romances and road trips, public schools and gentrification, alternative colleges and mass incarceration, polyamory and drug addiction, house shows and red wine—before Terrell comes home again.
Publication Date: March 28, 2023
Praise for QUEEN ANNE COWBOY
“Set against the stunning backdrops of the Pacific Northwest, Queen Anne Cowboy reminds us that mercy does not have to be as hard fought as it often is, and that love can be a beautiful antidote to pain, if we let it.” —Taylor Garcia, author of Functional Families
“Like ’90s indie cinema, spectral prose and characters haunt Jay Kristensen Jr.’s second novel, Queen Anne Cowboy, with incredible detail.” —Tara Stillions Whitehead, author of The Year of the Monster