Check out author Will Allison’s recent essay in Slate about the painstaking process of writing his second novel, Long Drive Home. Will discusses his wife and how she brutally gave him the extra pushes he needed to finish his novel. Will’s wife, Deborah, has edited every piece he has written and, as he puts it, has made him a better writer because of it. Ever since they met at the graduate creative writing program at Ohio State, Deborah has always challenged Will to take his writing to the next level. Will reflects on his wife’s role of being the moneymaker in the family (Deborah works as an editor at a major magazine) while he plays the part of the freelance writer and editor. Although her criticism is harsh, Will attributes the completion of his second novel to his ever-helpful wife.
Here is some early praise for Long Drive Home (Free Press), which goes on sale next month:
“In Long Drive Home, Will Allison reminds us how risky life is, how one bad move, one unwise expression of rage, one swerve from the right path, might set in motion a series of events that can destroy what we love.” —Bonnie Jo Campbell, author of American Salvage
“Long Drive Home examines, with haunting elegance, how quickly one bad decision can descend into calamity. The dread grows with every page—as does the horrifying realization that the narrator’s choices could be yours, and his tragedy could so easily be your own.” —Lauren Grodstein, author of A Friend of the Family
“Will Allison is a natural storyteller and a compassionate chronicler of family dynamics. As he makes clear with his stunning second book, he also has a habit of writing poignant, compulsively readable novels. Long Drive Home is a gripping, elegant, morally complex, and vividly realized portrait of our time and place, and of the drastic mistakes than can so easily be made.”—Frederick Reiken, author of Day for Night
“Glimmering beneath the tumultuous surface of Will Allison’s lean masterwork of suspense is something worth wading deep into even the coldest currents to reach. Like some rare river-bottom stone, Long Drive Home is unyielding, brilliant, and irresistibly alluring in its depiction of a man who finds, when beset by his greatest fears, only himself to blame.” —Bruce Machart, author of The Wake of Forgiveness
“Will Allison’s beautiful novel is part detective story, part wrenching family drama. It will make you hold your children tighter and kiss your husband or wife longer, thinking of the simple pleasures of everyday life that can be so easily spirited away.”—Hannah Tinti, author of The Good Thief
“In Long Drive Home, Will Allison displays a stunning understanding of the ways small unworthy acts can sometimes unravel us. This story of responsibility, regret and one family’s response to the strain of a single dishonesty is a powerful tribute to the complexity of human interactions, both with strangers and with those whom we love. You won’t soon forget either the chills or the compassion this book will evoke.” —Robin Black, author of If I Loved You, I Would Tell You This