Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Reading age: 14 to 18
Ashton Taylor was a hypochondriac-justifiably so-with multiple and sometimes self-diagnosed issues that turned him into a bit of a misfortune teller. Always knowing he would die young-ish, and anticipating what would otherwise have been an unorganized and messy affair for others, he had thoughtfully left behind a step-by-step post-mortem plan. Choreographing circumstances and conveyors, Ash had arranged for his cremains to be distributed to the places he cherished in this world, by the people who meant the most to him-especially his patient and tolerant partner of the past twenty years, Rich Dreadfulwater.
Rich, who is known by his family as Limping Rabbit, on account of a childhood tumble from a moving pickup truck, is a Seattle-based Native American defense lawyer suddenly grappling with grief, his caseload, and the task of divvying up the four pounds of his ash-rendered boyfriend into nineteen pre-labeled black plastic 35mm film canisters.
Struggling with everything he's lost, he finds himself coping with a whole lot more than his partner's ashes. In honoring the final wishes of the man he never imagined he could live without, the mourning lawyer embarks on a quest to find his Inner Indian ... and the destiny that has always been his birthright to seize.
About the author
- Winner, Royal Dragonfly Book Awards
- Short-listed, International Book Awards
- Winner, New Apple Book Awards
- Winner, Independent Book Publisher Awards
Michael Scott Curnes is an award-winning North American fiction novelist living on Vancouver Island. Coping with Ash is his third published novel. Curnes is a member of The Writer's Union of Canada.