Hats Off! to Steve Mitchell whose debut novel, Cloud Diary, will be published in March by C&R Press.
In the world lovers create for themselves, it's the simple images and quiet gestures that linger in memory. A silent moment together on a bench, a hand loose upon a table, a voice carried across a crowded room.
Doug is quiet and aimless when he meets Sophie, an extravagant, excitable artist. They live together on box wine, ramen, and peanut butter until their world is fractured by violence. Eight years later, they rediscover each other as Sophie approaches a startling decision.
Cloud Diary is Doug's story about Sophie and the shattering, transformative nature of intimacy. In considering the ways our histories can both scar and rescue us, it reminds us that the past is never simply the past.