Lone Stars

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Lone Stars follows the arc of four generations of a Texan family in a changing America. Julian Warner, a father at last, wrestles with a question his husband posed: what will you tell our son about the people you came from, now that they're gone?

Finding the answers takes Julian back in time to Eisenhower's immigration border raids, an epistolary love affair during the Vietnam War, crumbling marriages, queer migrations to Cambridge and New York, up to the disorienting polarization of Obama's second term. And in these answers lies a hope: that by uncloseting ourselves―as immigrants, smart women, gay people―we find power in empathy.

Author: Justin Deabler

Hardback Published 2 February 2021 304 pages

"Growing up gay in Houston, Texas does not sound like a recipe for an easy life, but it is a rich, meaningful, and endlessly interesting life, portrayed with sensitivity and verve in Lone Stars, a triumphant debut by Justin Deabler."Matthew Sharpe, author of The Sleeping Father

"Deabler's lovely first novel read as if preserved in amber--come from a gentler and more generous time. Enormously poignant, Lone Stars is written with great care, honoring the nuanced and shifting shapes of two men moving together through the great journey of being fully alive... It illuminates with its tenderness, it's quiet clarity, and finally its vision of hope." ―Carole Maso, author of Ava

“Deabler's wide-ranging empathy and emotional intelligence mark him as an important new writer to watch.” ―Eliot Schrefer, National Book Award finalist, author of Endangered and Threatened

“At once epic and timely, Deabler's stunning multi-generational novel is a deep dive into the complexities of family and identity. It is a reminder of how frequently American history repeats, a complicated love song to Texas, and (I'll be honest) a tear-jerker. You won't be able to set this one down.”Diana Spechler, author of Who by Fire and Skinny

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