The Stove-Junker

By S.K. Kalsi

Literary fiction, Magical realism, Paranormal, Poetry, General fiction | Paperback, eBook


In the winter of 2012 seventy-nine year old Somerset travels back to his ancestral home in idyllic Drums, Pennsylvania to renovate his dilapidated house. Burdened by the loss of his beloved wife, the long-ago disappearance of his rebellious son, and angry at God and at himself Somerset hopes to reach a final understanding of the meaning of his life. While a blizzard threatens to undermine his project and "Armageddon" draws near, Somerset discovers a boy squatting on the property. As they unearth objects in the house lost to time Somerset revisits his father's cruelty and the accident that cost him his brother's life. He recalls his dreamy mother and her transience and the punishment inflicted upon her by his father. While a murder of crows harass and torment him Somerset's mind circles back to meeting and falling in love with his wife Winona and creating the joy and pain that was his son, Cole, who went missing thirty years before. Part elegy, part history, part existential ghost tale The Stove-Junker is a harrowing, lyrical meditation on loss, heartbreak, and the power of memory.


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In the winter of 2012 seventy-nine year old Somerset travels back to his ancestral home in idyllic Drums, Pennsylvania to renovate his dilapidated house. Burdened by the loss of his beloved wife, the long-ago disappearance of his rebellious son, and angry at God and at himself Somerset hopes to reach a final understanding of the meaning of his life. While a blizzard threatens to undermine his project and "Armageddon" draws near, Somerset discovers a boy squatting on the property. As they unearth objects in the house lost to time Somerset revisits his father's cruelty and the accident that cost him his brother's life. He recalls his dreamy mother and her transience and the punishment inflicted upon her by his father. While a murder of crows harass and torment him Somerset's mind circles b...


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S.K. Kalsi crafts sentences that resonate with depth and power. He holds an MFA in creative writing from the University of San Francisco, a BFA in creative writing from Long Beach State, and a diploma in screenwriting from UCLA. His short stories have appeared in numerous literary magazines, including The Gettysburg Review, Glint Literary Journal, The Criterion, among others. His work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. The Stove-Junker is his debut novel. He currently lives in Northern, CA.


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S.K. Kalsi crafts sentences that resonate with depth and power. He holds an MFA in creative writing from the University of San Francisco, a BFA in creative writing from Long Beach State, and a diploma in screenwriting from UCLA. His short stories have appeared in numerous literary magazines, including The Gettysburg Review, Glint Literary Journal, The Criterion, among others. His work has been nom...


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