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A Novel by
Maureen McCoy




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 Great Plains, as poignant as Carson McCullers at her best, and imbued with the deeply affecting and poetical heart song of its lonely and quirky narrator. Maureen McCoy writes like an angel, full of passion, musical cadence, and offbeat curious insights into the human soul. This novel is a deeply touching prayer for all the wild and beautiful misfits on earth, including you and me.”
—John Nichols, 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.” 

Junebug 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 Junebug’s high school graduation—the summer of her first wildly passionate affair, with a snake-smooth greaser many years her senior—Theresa 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. 

Set in the outsized landscape of far western Nebraska, a nebulous region little known in contemporary fiction, and peopled by characters whose extreme individuality is exceeded only by their eccentricity, Junebug is a novel with the intensity of the mother/daughter bond itself, with all its wildness, tragedy, and depth.

 “The 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.”
—Helena Maria Viramontes, Under the Feet of Jesus


Maureen McCoy is the author of three previous novels set in the Midwest: Walking After Midnight, Summertime, and Divining Blood. Raised in Iowa, she now lives in Taos, New Mexico and Ithaca, New York, where she teaches at Cornell University.

PAGES: 210
TRIM: 6 x 9
ISBN: 0-9728984-1-7
PRICE: $14.95/ Paperback Original 

Publication Date: July, 2004