Can You See Anything Now?, a debut novel, follows a year in the small town of Trinity where the tragedy and humility of a few reveal the reality of people's motivations and desires.
This is a story without veneer, and for readers who prefer reality to sanitized fiction—this book is unsentimental, and yet grace-filled.
The characters here are complex and intriguing —the suicidal painter, Margie, who has been teaching her evangelical neighbor, Etta, how to paint nudes; her husband, the town therapist, who suspects his work helps no one; and their college aged daughter Noel—whose roommate, Pixie, joined them at home for a winter holiday, only to fall into Trinity's freezing river.
Katherine James has an MFA in fiction from Columbia University in NYC, where she taught undergraduate fiction and received the Felipe P. De Alba fellowship. Katherine has been on staff with CRU, a ministry to college students, for 26 years, is a member of Redbud Writer's Guild, and is senior editor for Crupress.