George Byron Wright

In the Wake of Our Misdeed

In the wee hours of a November morning in 2007, a truckload of recycled
cars forces an SUV into the dark waters of Hood Canal. The passengers, Carson Barrus and his wife Naomi, submerge carrying all of their discontent with them. Carson frees himself from the sinking
vehicle and crawls out of the canal knowing his wife is dead. From the
shadows, he bears witness to his own death before disappearing into
the darkness.

He drifts into Oregon, where he is taken in by an unlikely set of allies
in Wasco County at a place called The Dalles. There he assumes a new identity and sets out in search of a child born somewhere in Oklahoma
four years earlier: a child he's never seen, a boy born to his baby
sister, Aleta, a child she wasn't allowed to keep-and with her suicide
a child who will never know his mother's touch.

Carson's latent obsession over his sister's child pushes aside all logic.
He's been given an unrestrained moment to do what he should have
done back when it mattered. Behind the mask of his supposed death,
he proceeds to right a wrong.
362 printed pages
Original publication


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