(W/A/CA) Nicholas Breutzman
Nic and Henry—father and son—stumble on an old forgotten park and make a bizarre discovery. Someone has marked all the trees with wads of chewed gum! Who is the gum bandit? Reeling from recent family upheaval, Nic navigates the brave new world of single parenthood. Meanwhile, his ex-wife descends into addiction, abuse, and homelessness. Amid the turmoil, he becomes increasingly and desperately obsessed with exposing the gum vandal. Can Nic rise to the occasion and come to terms with his new reality? Or will he let the past drag him back into despair and denial, threatening the thing he holds most dear: his relationship with Henry, his son? Pill Hill, Nicholas Breutzman's darkly funny and utterly heartbreaking memoir, plunges the reader into a world of horrifying Tinder dates, flea markets, lizard people, child protective services, black holes, time travel, and stress-induced psychosis. Part Cat o' Nine Tails and part Shameless, Pill Hill is the story of a single father's increasingly strange preoccupation with tracking down said gum vandal while navigating the brave new world of single parenthood and his ex-wife's shocking descent into addiction, abuse, and homelessness.