I am seeking representation for my completed 76,000 word fiction novel, Three-Fifths, a racial and family drama which takes place in Pittsburgh in 1995 against the backdrop of the O.J. Simpson trial.
Bobby Saraceno is a young biracial man, passing for white, who must confront the secret of his identity when his best friend involves him in a hate crime.
Robert Winston, an ER physician, returns to Pittsburgh amidst the crumbling of his marriage to care for his aging parents and comes to terms with a truth from his past: that he unknowingly fathered a son.
Isabel Saraceno, Bobby’s mother, is a desperate alcoholic with one last opportunity to set things right after a chance reunion with her son’s father: Robert Winston.
Bobby’s unwitting involvement in the crime sets in motion a series of events that brings these three parallel first person POV’s together.
Three-Fifths is a story of addiction, infidelity, hate and ultimately love, that comes to a tragic but inevitable conclusion leaving all involved questioning the measure of a man.
My novel shares the themes of family and addiction present in Delicious Foods by James Hannaham and the struggles of racial identity and infidelity in Celeste Ng’s Everything I Never Told You.
I have an MFA in Creative Writing from Southern New Hampshire University, where I spent a year studying under Chinelo Okparanta. An excerpt from my novel won the honor of being printed the inaugural issue of Assignment, the literary magazine of Southern New Hampshire University, alongside new work from Adam Wilson and Joshua Cohen. I am currently a contributing writer for Assignment.
I am a biracial man (African-American and Caucasian) who has wrestled with identity throughout my life. I live in suburban Philadelphia with my wife and two children.