A Novel by
Junebug is a rare and special book, one of those
mysterious and totally original inventions that summons attention because it is so unique.
It is as American as the ,
Author of The Milagro Beanfield War
, Author of The Milagro Beanfield War
I was raised zero-parent, says hormone-addled seventeen year-old Junebug Host, what the newspapers call it when your mother is in prison and the father was just a sperm.
has been visiting her mother in Ellisville Reformatory for Women ever since she was five
years-old, when beauty queen Theresa Host calmly stepped out of their trailer with an axe
and inexplicably bludgeoned a neighbor to death. But during the summer of Junebugs
high school graduationthe summer of her first wildly passionate affair, with a
snake-smooth greaser many years her seniorTheresa reels in her wild child, and
shatters her world, by suddenly announcing the motive she had kept to herself since the
day of the murder.
in the outsized landscape of far western
novel gives us a burning glimpse into the spirit that holds a mother and daughter
together. Bursting with wild grief over her
mother's incarceration, while awkwardly stepping into adulthood in a leather mini-skirt,
17 year-old Junebug Host can barely contain herself. In
fits and starts, in thoughtfulness and mindlessness, in rage and peace, McCoy's June
reminds us that even the darkest grief can transcend into a powerful infinite love.
Maureen McCoy is the author
of three previous novels set in the