Rules for Being Dead (Hardcover)
Title: Rules for Being Dead
Unlike anything I've read before, this is a strange combination of heartbreak, comedy, and utter charm. A boy struggles to come to terms with the sudden death of his mother, while from "the other side," his mother's ghost tries to figure out how and why she died.— From Pam
"Kim Powers's haunting and spellbinding novel Rules for Being Dead reads like an intoxicating blend of the best of Shirley Jackson, Alice Sebold and Fannie Flagg." --STARRED Review, Shelf Awareness
It's the late 1960s in McKinney, Texas. At the downtown theater and the local drive-in, movies--James Bond, My Fair Lady, Alfie, and Dr. Zhivago--feed the dreams and obsessions of a ten-year-old Clarke who loves Audrey, Elvis, his family, and the handsome boy in the projector booth. Then Clarke loses his beloved mother, and no one will tell him how she died. No one will tell her either. She is floating above the trees and movie screens of McKinney, trapped between life and death, searching for a glimpse of her final moments on this earth. Clarke must find the shattering truth, which haunts this darkly humorous and incredibly moving novel.
About the Author
Kim Powers is a two-time Emmy winner and author of the novels Capote in Kansas and Dig Two Graves, as well as the memoir The History of Swimming, a Barnes & Noble Discover Award winner and Lambda Literary Award finalist for Best Memoir of the Year. He also wrote the screenplay for the festival-favorite indie film Finding North and the new play Sidekicked, a "one broad comedy" about Vivian Vance. Powers is the Senior Writer for ABC's 20/20, part of the team that has received three consecutive Edward R. Murrow Awards. A native Texan, he received an MFA from the Yale School of Drama. In 2007, he was selected by Out Magazine for the influential "Out 100" list. He lives in Manhattan and Asbury Park, NJ.