Book trailer for my debut novel, AFTER THE SUCKER PUNCH
Every child, no matter how old, wants to know their father loves them, and Tessa Curzio – thirty-six, emerging writer, ex-rocker, lapsed Catholic, defected Scientologist, and fourth in a family of eight complicated people – is no exception. But just as life was finally coming together, the one-two punch of her father’s death and posthumous indictment proves an existential knockout.
She tries to transcend, but his damning words skew everything from her relationship to the truth of her family, even her sense of self. It’s her little-known aunt, a nun and counselor, who lovingly strong-arms Tessa onto a journey of discovery and reinvention, a trip that’s not always pretty – or particularly wise – but one that leads to unexpected truths.
After the Sucker Punch takes an irreverent look at father/daughter relationships through the exploration of family, faith, creativity, love, and the struggle to define oneself against the inexplicable perceptions of a deceased parent. Mixing sass and sensibility, it’s a story wrapped in contemporary culture but with a very classic heart.