From National Book Award finalist and "one of our most gifted writers" (Chicago Tribune)-- a timely and unsettling new novel about the people drawn to and unmoored by a local activist group more dangerous than it appears.
Once a promising actor, Tim Brettigan has gone missing. His father thinks he may have seen him among some homeless people. And though she knows he left on purpose, his mother has been searching for him all over the city. She checks the usual places: churches, storefronts, benches, and stumbles upon a local community group with lofty goals and an enigmatic leader that will alter both of their lives. Christina, a young woman rapidly becoming addicted to a boutique drug that gives her a feeling of blessedness, is inexplicably drawn to the same collective by a man who's convinced he's found direction. As the lives of these four characters intertwine, a story of guilt, anxiety, and feverish hope unfolds in suburban, middle-class Minneapolis. A send-up of modern American society and the specters of its consumerism, fanaticism, and fear that haunt it, The Sun Collective captures both the mystery and violence that punctuate our daily lives.