As it moves from Chicago in the late 80’s to Los Angeles on the cusp of a new millennium, Patchwork encompasses a mercurial decade in the lives of its characters. This debut novel – told with candor, insight, and a humor both gentle and scathing – sets the story of lovers in transition, and a family in the midst of personal upheaval, as they struggle to redefine themselves in the shadow of tragedy.
“A deeply moving story of human relationships, yours and mine, in elegant prose that tackles tragedy and hope, loss and grief, with refreshing honestly and humor. Loughry’s brilliant voice and haunting story will follow you long after you’ve turned the last page.”
— Dora Levy Mossanen, author of HAREM and COURTESAN
“Dan Loughry is a maestro of memory and observation. In Patchwork, he achieves the impressive feat of telling a story that feels archetypal in its outlines – as it follows its protagonist through three eventful decades, from the beginning of the age of AIDS to the era of bemused long-term survivors – but ultimately wins us over through its masterful recording and layering of the specific human details and discoveries that make up a particular journey, and a particular life.”
— Dave Awl, author of WHAT THE SEA MEANS and FACEBOOK ME!, and editor of 200 NEO-FUTURIST PLAYS