With every trip he makes to the dentist, Wade's pain only gets worse. His smile has faded. He's clenching his jaw and grinding his teeth more, not because of bad oral hygiene or any mishaps in orthodontics. Wade's teeth don't need straightening out, but the rest of his life could use that kind of adjustment. Wade has fallen in love with handsome Dr. Emmett, and their office visits in the afternoon have become decidedly more personal than professional. And poor Wade is sure his girlfriend Jessa would punch him in the mouth if she found out. After all, Jessa did just abandon her church and her family to be with him. And she did just have Wade's baby. So their relationship has already caused enough gossip in the small Georgia town of Waverly. When Wade tries to end the affair, the breakup takes a brutal turn, leaving Wade in a state of panic. His life is under threat. His secrets could be exposed, and his family may fall apart before he realizes what kind of person he wants to be.
- Book | 256 pages
- 127 x 177.8mm
- 07 Jul 2021
- The Story Plant
- Stamford, United States
"You could read Benjamin Carr's edge-of-your-seat novel as a thriller, with all the twists and gut-punches you crave. You could read it as a kind of Rashomon deep dive into the lives and moral choices of a cast of characters who might seem like you and me...but, trust me, who aren't. But the surest way to appreciate what Carr manages in this riveting debut is to see in IMPACTED a coming-of-age story unlike any you have read before. You might not quite believe what young Wade Harrell lives through in just twenty-four hours but, once you finish the book, you're not likely ever to forget him."--Jonathan Rabb, author of AMONG THE LIVING and THE BERLIN TRILOGY
About Benji Carr
As a child growing up in the South with cerebral palsy, Benji Carr developed an eye for the bizarre and quirky, which provided all of the stories he told his friends and family with a bit of flavor. Working as a journalist, storyteller and playwright, his work - whether the stories be personal tales of struggle and survival or fiction about cannibal lunch ladies, puppet romances, drag queen funerals, and perverted killer circus clowns - has been featured in The Guardian, ArtsATL and Pembroke Magazine. Onstage, his pieces have been presented at the Center for Puppetry Arts, Alliance Theatre, and as part of the Samuel French Off-Off Broadway Short Play Festival in Manhattan. He lives in Atlanta and helps run the online literary magazine, Gutwrench Journal. Impacted is his first novel.