by Jim Esch
In the Laurel Highlands of Pennsylvania, Sonny Poorbaugh suddenly leaves his wife and newborn baby for reasons he’s unaware of. Hurled into a journey of discovery and self-reckoning, his attempts to begin a new life lead to outcomes he is unprepared to face. By means of short, vignette-style chapters, Spring Cleaning reflects upon themes of freedom & responsibility, death & rebirth, family, and identity. This is my first full-length novel.