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AN INDIE NEXT LIST SELECTIONA PUBLISHERS WEEKLY BIG INDIE BOOK OF FALL 2013 «Part modern western, part mystery, this first novel will appeal to fans of Louise Erdrich and Kent Haruf. Quimby's prose reads so true, it breaks the heart.»— BOOKLIST , starred reviewLeonard Self has spent a year unwinding his ranch, paying down debts, and fending off the darkening . Just one thing left: taking his wife's ashes to her favorite overlook, where he plans to step off the cliff with her into a stark and beautiful landscape. But Leonard finds he has company on a route that intertwines old wounds and new insights that make him question whether his life is over after all. CHARLIE QUIMBY 's writing life has always crossed divides. A playwright turned critic. A protest songwriter who worked for a defense contractor. A blogger about taxpaying and homelessness. He wrote award–winning words for others in Harvard Business Review , Financial World magazine and the NFL Hall of Fame. Naturally, he splits time between Minneapolis and his native western Colorado.
"The lives of Quimby's finely drawn characters interweave to produce a panorama as wide and full of light as the near–desert setting."— PUBLISHERS WEEKLY , starred reviewMeg Mogrin sells pricey houses, belongs to the mayor's inner circle, and knows more than she's letting on about her sister's death. Isaac Samson lives in a tent and believes Thomas Edison invented the Reagan presidency. When their town attracts a game–changing development, Isaac is displaced by the town's crackdown on vagrancy. As Isaac struggles to regain stability, Meg contends with conflicting roles of assisting the developer while serving on the homeless coalition. Isaac's quest to return a lost artifact soon intrudes into Meg's tidy world, digging up a part of her past she'd rather remained buried. Inhabited , a sister novel to Charlie Quimby's acclaimed Monument Road , returns to the Grand Valley of western Colorado to explore the dimensions of loss, the boundaries of compassion, and the endurance of love. CHARLIE QUIMBY is the author of Monument Road , an Indie Next List pick and Booklist Editors' Choice. He began his writing career as playwright and arts journalist, veered into corporate communications and then founded a marketing agency that now purrs along without him. Along the way, he collected awards and developed the notion he had a few good novels in him. A native Coloradan and adopted Minnesotan, he is at home in both places.