"A lemon, jim beam, and pretzels supreme..."
Xxxxxxx wants more out of life, but for the life of him can’t figure out what that “more” is. All he knows is that he needs something, anything, to break him out of his cyclic lifestyle — cheap beer, loose joints, and failed attempts at writing in between shifts at the local grocery store. But when a quick-witted punk from the big city finds herself in his checkout line, neither of them are prepared for how much “more” both of their lives are about to become.
What starts as a chance encounter becomes two parallel, yet deeply intertwined journeys about growth, grief, and what it means to move on. Riddled with dark humour, Lemon reads like a classic Beat novel with a modern, dystopian cut.
the lemon trilogy
In January of 2021 I sat down to explore what I felt might be a storyline embedded in the three songs that make up the "Lemon Trilogy." I expected to write a short story at most — something unique to accompany the songs and lend them a little extra depth for those who wanted it — but after a few days of stringing together haphazard ideas and concepts I realized I had something much bigger than that. I spent the majority of the following year writing, and by the fall had a novel into which I had folded the loss of a career, the death of a close friend, and a near mental breakdown — and it was funny.