State of Love & Trust
A tragicomic novel about love, trust, Detroit, dogs and Pearl Jam fans.
The Raffertys—We’re Fucking Doomed
The words embroidered on their family crest reflect the hard-won dark humor of Ellie and Clive, twins building their lives on the seismic fault of a tabloid-worthy childhood. It’s all coming together for them, thick and solid as a storm front.
In Corktown, Detroit, Ellie is settled into a relationship with Clive’s best friend. He tolerates her evangelical zeal for Pearl Jam—right down to her refurbished school bus dedicated to the Yield album—even if he does prefer Kiss. But when they get a new housemate who’s true blue to Pearl Jam, patience, fidelity, friendship and truth will be tested from every possible angle.
Meanwhile, Clive has given up his lifelong hobby of worrying about everyone else, fled Detroit’s drama, and married the most together woman on the planet. She runs a heating business; he paints oversized album jacket replicas in their rural northern Michigan bungalow. It’s idyllic—until an invasion of microscopic Rafferty doom unmasks his cowardice. Clive is forced to choose between saving face, and finally facing down his worst enemy: himself.
Ellie and Clive might manage to outrun the Rafferty doom that has dogged them their entire lives, but it’s going to be a whole lot harder to outrun adulthood.
State of Love & Trust is told from the alternating viewpoints of twins Ellie and Clive Rafferty, at locations from Detroit to Presque Isle County and a few places in between.