by James Nulick
When Drew Estrada, a young teacher, suddenly finds himself the legal guardian of Tre Warner, a popular student, his life becomes torn apart by desire. In this imaginative, accomplished novel about sex, murder, and skateboards, reality becomes increasingly unclear. Is Tre a real person or a hallucinatory product of Drew's damaged soul? Distemper is ultimately a meditation on the illusory nature of love. National Book Award Winner William T. Vollmann has called this book "a beautifully written catalogue of various kinds of unhappiness." Josh Aterovis, author of the Killian Kendall Mystery Series, says, "Nulick's debut novel almost reads like poetry. He understands that the Devil is in the details… but so is the Deity."