About the book

This is a story about falling in love, about the families we're born into, and the ones we find along the way. It's about grief and change and bravery. It's about food and music and discovering our own ways of moving through the world.

But most of all, it's a story about taking each other as we come, for who we are right now, and who we're stumbling toward becoming.

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About the Author

Jennifer Lyn Parsons is a writer, programmer, and maker. With influences ranging from Laura Ingalls Wilder to Jim Jarmusch, her tales feature a rare physicality with details that feel hand-carved. When not writing code or prose, she is also the editor-in-chief of the venerable Luna Station Quarterly. She finds joy in video games, comics books, and making things out of wool, paper, and wood.

The Mixtapes

While I was preparing to write this book, I made a batch of playlists. I knew music was going to play an important role, so I used it as a doorway to discovering who these characters were. I got to know them through the music they listened to. Fortunately, they all have stellar taste.

  • Trap Door - Stars
  • Cold Water - Tom Waits
  • Professional Griefers - deadmau5 feat. Gerard Way
  • Gay Pirates - Cosmo Jarvis
  • Life On Mars? - David Bowie
  • Strange Overtones - David Byrne & Brian Eno
  • No Room In Frame - Death Cab For Cutie
  • At Last - Etta James
  • I'm Actual - The Format
  • Bein' In Love - The Unlovables
  • Coffee - Sylvan Esso
  • Tear My Stillhouse Down - Gillian Welch
  • Fall At Your Feet - Crowded House
  • In Our Bedroom After the War - Stars
  • Seven Days - Sting Ten
  • Shake It Out - Florence + the Machine
  • Iron Moon - Chelsea Wolfe
  • Copy Of A - Nine Inch Nails
  • 15 Step - Radiohead
  • Tell Me Baby - Red Hot Chili Peppers
  • Seven Nation Army - The White Stripes
  • All Alright - Sigur Rós

  • Zero Zero - Gerard Way
  • Karma Police - Radiohead
  • Too Drunk To Fuck - Dead Kennedys
  • Zero - Smashing Pumpkins
  • It's A Man's World - Karise Eden
  • Back To Black - Amy Winehouse
  • Abducted - Cults
  • My Doorbell - The White Stripes
  • Heads Will Roll - Yeah Yeah Yeahs
  • When Your Mind's Made Up - The Frames
  • Ignorance - Paramore
  • Cemetery Drive - My Chemical Romance
  • Get Better - Mates Of State
  • 1 2 3 4 - Feist
  • Rollercoaster - Everything But The Girl
  • Stay The Night [feat. Hayley Williams] - Zedd
  • Basket Case - Green Day
  • Somebody Told Me - The Killers
  • The Mother We Share - CHVRCHES

  • Down Under - Men At Work
  • Houses Of The Holy - Led Zeppelin
  • Hysteria - Muse
  • All Of Me - Frank Sinatra
  • Feeling Alright - Joe Cocker
  • Trouble - Ray LaMontagne
  • Desire - U2
  • The Chimbley Sweep - The Decemberists
  • Just What I Needed - The Cars
  • Home - Ingrid Michaelson
  • My Boy Builds Coffins - Florence + the Machine
  • Brave Sara Bareilles - The Blessed Unrest
  • The Christians and the Pagans - Dar Williams
  • Little Perennials - Indigo Girls
  • Taxi Ride - Tori Amos
  • The Chain - Fleetwood Mac
  • Sober - Pink
  • California - Joni Mitchell

Want More?

I made a LOT of mixes for this book. You can check them all out on my 8tracks account. Be warned, though. Some of them are a bit spoilery if you've not read the book yet!

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