Jeffrey Luscombe, author of the award-winning novel, Shirts and Skins

"One of LGBT fictions's brightest new stars." 

Huffington Post

“Tightly written and keenly observed, this is an impressive debut from a writer we’re sure to hear more from.”

Nino Ricci, author of Lives of the Saints

To Refrain From Embracing

The wait is almost over!

Jeffrey Luscombe's new novel, To Refrain from Embracing, will be released by ARP Books, October 1, 2020. 

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From the backdrop of an impoverished steel-working community in working-class Hamilton, Ontario in the 1970s, To Refrain From Embracing follows the trials faced by a small family after a suicide-attempt results in 38-year-old veteran, Ted, being checked into the Hamilton Psychiatric Hospital. 

His wife, Gloria, struggles with family finances and growing worries related to the well-being of their 10-year-old son, Josh, while a slow re-embracing of her Indigenous identity begins to grow through encounters with a local steelworker and remembrances of her mother. 

 Josh meanwhile struggles with nascent sexuality, lack of acceptance of his peers, and fears about his father's mental health, all while entering into a friendship with a troubled neighbourhood teen. To Refrain From Embracing is an immersive, naturalistic, and at times darkly comedic exploration fo a family pushed up against personal and societal precepts of class, race and sexuality.