The Coming Storm A Novel

Paul Russell

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384 Pages



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Winner of the Ferro-Grumley Award
A Lambda Literary Award Finalist

Set against the backdrop of a traditional boys' school in upstate New York, The Coming Storm is a delicately and brilliantly rendered tale that reveals the most closely held secrets of the human heart. Russell's award-winning novel is the story of four interlocking lives—Louis Tremper, the headmaster at the Forge School; his wife Claire; Tracey Parker, a 25-year old gay man and recently hired teacher at the Forge School; and Noah Lathrop III, a troubled student—all of whom struggle with their own inner demons, desires, and conflicted loyalties. When Tracey and Noah become involved in an illicit relationship, dark incidents from the school's past begin colliding with the current growing confusion that all of them must face.


Praise for The Coming Storm

"The Coming Storm takes off from a sensational subject to arrive at unexpected heights and subtleties. It's both unsettling and touching . . . well nigh flawless."—The Washington Post Book World

"Russell's story line is compelling, but it is his attention to the evolution of each character's psyche and his vision of the hidden web of desires and compromises that imbue his accomplished fiction with both its heat and mercy."—Booklist

"An intense examination of the humanity we all possess and of the power of desire, at once destructive and redemptive."—Library Journal

"Captivating . . . it engages like a whisper, seductive and, yes, even sad."—Rocky Mountain News

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  • Paul Russell

  • Paul Russell is the author of three novels—The Salt Point, Boys of Life, and Sea of Tranquillity—as well as The Gay 100, a work of non-fiction. He is Professor of English at Vassar College and lives in upstate New York.