It’s the summer of 1994 in Claypot, Wisconsin, and the lives of ten-year-old Fischer "Fish" Branson and Dale "Bread" Breadwin are shaped by the two fathers they don’t talk about: Fish’s, killed in his last deployment in the Middle East, and Bread’s, passed out at home next to a bottle of whiskey.
One night, tired of seeing his best friend bruised and terrorized by his no-good dad, Fish takes action. A gunshot rings out, and the two boys flee the scene, believing themselves murderers. On the run from the law, they load their backpacks with Slim Jims and head for the woods, where they find their way onto a raft, in the grand tradition of Huck and Tom before them.
Advance praise for Raft of Stars
“In ruggedly beautiful prose, and with a deep affection for his damaged, but always loveable characters, Graff delivers a novel with real heart and soul. An authentic look into the heartland of America, into one-parent households, where mothers and grandparents are supporting the next generation while fathers are either absentee, or should be. Like a barrel going over a waterfalls, RAFT OF STARS sweeps its reader downstream, and fast. Hold on for the ride.”
– NICKOLAS BUTLER, author of SHOTGUN LOVESONGS and LITTLE FAITH
"Graff has not only crafted an adventure story with a warm heart at its center, but a whole town of characters for readers to fall in love with."
—J. RYAN STRADAL, author of THE LAGER QUEEN OF MINNESOTA
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Andrew J. Graff is the author of the novel Raft of Stars, forthcoming with Ecco, an Imprint of Harper Collins (2021). His writing was recently featured in Image Arts Journal. His fiction and nonfiction have appeared in Stolen Island, Image, and Dappled Things. He has taught creative writing and literature at home and abroad, and has served as editor of the Cedarville Review. In 2009, Andrew became an Iowa Arts Fellow and earned an M.F.A. from the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop. In 2011, he was awarded the Clark Fisher Ansley Prize for Excellence in Writing.
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