Can You See Anything Now?
, a debut novel, follows a year in the small town of Trinity where the tragedy and humility of a few reveal the reality of people's motivations and desires.
This is a story without veneer, and for readers who prefer reality to sanitized fiction--this book is unsentimental, and yet grace-filled.
The characters here are complex and intriguing--the suicidal painter, Margie, who has been teaching her evangelical neighbor, Etta, how to paint nudes; her husband, the town therapist, who suspects his work helps no one; and their college-aged daughter Noel--whose roommate, Pixie, joins them at home for a winter holiday, only to fall into Trinity's freezing river.
Author Katherine James is no stranger to tragedy. In the Spring of 2018, Paraclete will publish James's memoir, Notes on Orion
, in which the author reflects on her son's heroin addiction and his subsequent overdose.