Spin (Paperback)

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Spin (Paperback)


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Lily knew her husband of three years was rich, powerful, and cunning, but he still surprises her when—after their divorce—he drains her bank accounts, turns her few friends against her, and secures custody of their baby, Anne.

Lily tries everything… But nothing works.

Faced with sudden homelessness and the knowledge she can neither outfox her ex or discover where he has hidden baby Anne, Lily turns to the irrational—a vintage “executive decision maker” she found at a local thrift store. The little spinning wheel was intended to poke fun at the sometimes random choices business leaders make—but Lily spins the wheel and is led straight to Anne. She takes the child and runs. She spins again and again—staying off the grid and avoiding capture.

For two years she runs, traveling nearly two thousand miles as the wheel takes her from Salt Lake City to Canada and beyond…


In addition to narrative, the novel uses an arc of creative non-fiction pieces—digressions into probability theory, space-time, philosophy, literary criticism, the lore and science of love. The novel also includes images that accompany the text. Amy Bennion, who teaches art at University of North Florida, drew these as if they came from Lily’s sketchbook.
A native of the Utah desert, I have published a collection of short fiction, Breeding Leah and other Stories , and four novels Falling Toward Heaven, An Unarmed Woman, Ezekiel’s Third Wife, and Spin. Another novel, Ruth at the End of the Earth is forthcoming next year from BCC Press. I have published short stories and essays in Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment, Hotel Amerika, Southwest Review, AWP Chronicle, Hobart, Palaver, High Country News, Utah Historical Quarterly, Journal of Mormon History, Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought, Sunstone Magazine and others. I have retired from teaching creative writing in the English Department at Brigham Young University. I live in Provo with my wife, Karla, a writer and psychotherapist.
Product Details ISBN: 9781948218535
Publisher: By Common Consent Press
Publication Date: March 21st, 2022
Pages: 470