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Spontaneous combustion occurs when Bill, a forty-year-old barista and a failed poet, meets James, a disabled factory worker and a daddy hunk, at an OctoBear Dance. For six months they share weekends of incredible passion at James's house up north in the country. Winter has never seemed hotter in their flannel sheets. But on the first day of spring James abruptly informs Bill over the phone that it's not going to work out and hangs up. No further explanation: just the static of silence.

Feeling haunted like Djuna Barnes while she wrote her novel Nightwood in the 1930s, Bill searches for answers in his recollections of James and others who'd departed too early from his life. When he does discover why James left, the answer comes from a mysterious stranger with secrets of his own.

​Beyond its moment in the twenty-first century, Flannelwood is also timeless. Luczak explores masculinity (including Bill's fear that he's not "macho enough"), the experiences of characters with disabilities, and the human search for connection with wisdom and nuance. https: //www.gertrudepress.org/flannelwood.html

Publisher: Red Hen Press
Pub date: June 06, 2019
200 pages
Format: Paperback