Wreckage: A Novel

What does it take to build a life from broken pieces? For Michelle Shepherd, the question is a matter of survival. On the foundations of an erratic and sometimes violent childhood, Michelle has created surprising success as an artist in British Columbia while caretaking her elderly father and his expat Vietnam war buddies—the only family she knows. When Michelle, unexpectedly, finds herself falling in love with another woman, her father begins drinking and making risky, possibly criminal choices—two situations for which she has little adult experience and few skills. Grisly evidence of a crime washes up beneath her remote cabin home, and Michelle is convinced of her father’s guilt, forced to a reckoning with family secrets that threaten her family, her career, and her newfound relationship. Access to the past opens up surprising possibilities but also a minefield of difficult choices. Will she confront the decisions ahead, or retreat into the safety of the familiar? Dark and atmospheric, rooted in the Pacific Northwest, Wreckage is a portrait of a troubled family and the sacrifices we make for love.

91,000 words. Currently seeking representation.

Sample chapter posted below.



Kintsugi treats breakage and repair as part of the history of an object—part of its beauty—rather than something to hide.