by Charlie Quimby
CHARLIE QUIMBY’s debut novel, Monument Road, was an Indie Next pick, a Booklist Editors’ Choice 2013 and a Reading the West finalist. Before turning to fiction, he was an award-winning writer and marketing agency owner who co-authored Planning to Stay, a guide for how residents can shape development in their communities. His nonfiction has appeared in the Minneapolis Star Tribune, High Country News and the Harvard Business Review, and two of his plays have been produced. A native Coloradan and adopted Minnesotan, he makes home in both places and tells stories about homelessness in his blog at charliequimby.com.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
PRAISE FOR INHABITED
“I was staggered by the authenticity of these people and their dilemmas.”
—FAITH SULLIVAN, author of Goodnight, Mr. Wodehouse and The Cape Ann
"The lives of Quimby’s finely drawn characters interweave to produce a panorama as wide and full of light as the near-desert setting. Even his minor figures add significantly to the whole, and his skillful and delightful turns of phrase make reading this evocative novel a pleasure."
"Inhabited is an outstanding novel with memorable, believable characters who deal simultaneously with the challenges of reclaiming and redeeming themselves as well as the landscapes that define their communities."
—LES ROKA, Utah Review
"Quimby’s experiences as a Colorado native and an advocate for the homeless provide the novel’s backbone, but its real strength is in its cast of vivid, relatable individuals. There are neither heroes nor villains in Quimby’s Grand Junction; instead, people on both sides of the development divide discover surprising commonalities when it comes to their ideas of family and home. Recommend to readers attuned to Kent Haruf, Annie Proulx, Laura Pritchett, and Bonnie Nadzam."
“Quimby also writes powerfully of marriage and its meaning…then Quimby charges toward an emotionally satisfying conclusion…an intriguing examination of people and a place in transition.”
“A thoroughly enjoyable novel that masterfully takes the reader on an emotionally rewarding exploration of ‘home’ and the power the concept has on
the human psyche.”
—JONATHAN ODELL, author of Miss Hazel and the Rosa Parks League
“Inhabited is a dramatic, honest, humane portrait of a Colorado city in the throes of great change and great choice. A vivid, compelling story delivered
with 21st-century true grit.”
—ALYSON HAGY, author of Boleto
“Inhabited transforms a typical community ‘homeless problem’ into a layered drama about our responsibilities to each other and the blunders and scars we must endure. I salute Charlie Quimby for following the path of Steinbeck and Orwell in writing empathetic portraits of the ignored and the shunned.”
—JIM LYNCH, author of Before the Wind
Meg Mogrin sells pricey houses, belongs to the mayor's inner circle, and knows more than she's letting on about her sister's death. Isaac Samson lives in a tent and believes Thomas Edison invented the Reagan presidency. When their town attracts a game-changing development, Isaac is displaced by the town's crackdown on vagrancy. As Isaac struggles to regain stability, Meg contends with conflicting roles of assisting the developer while serving on the homeless coalition. Isaac's quest to return a lost artifact soon intrudes into Meg's tidy world, digging up a part of her past she'd rather remained buried.