When a white driver critically injures a black bicyclist, the residents in a tense, gentrifying South Philadelphia neighborhood can’t decide whether to unite, hide, or explode. Ms. Rose wrestles with ways to effectively organize the community and still be true to the neighborhood she fears may have outgrown her. Carol Jones, the mother of the bicyclist, is drawn back to the neighborhood she fled years ago for posh suburbia and finds roots deeper than she realized. Michael, the driver and recent home owner in the neighborhood, must conquer his guilt over the accident while struggling with personal betrayal. By allowing strangers to help him, he discovers ties he didn't know he deserved. Their intersecting lives test the neighbors--established and new--in ways they never expected.
Advance praise for The Intersection:
"In this engrossing, sharp-sighted novel, Windhauser places us at the intersection of people who defy suffering even as their pain threatens to strangle them. These are strong characters, fiery and deserving of our attention, and their stories humble us when we recognize our own within even the unfamiliar."
-- April Ford, 2016 Pushcart Prize recipient, author of The Poor Children (SFWP 2015)
"In his latest novel, Windhauser depicts a Philadelphia neighborhood crackling with the tension of gentrification, and offers us a panoramic and deeply profound view of a community’s viewpoints. A beautiful, wise novel…"
--Susan Muaddi Darraj, author of A Curious Land: Stories from Home (Grace Paley Prize in Short Fiction)
After the death of his son, William searches for a purpose in life, which leads him to find God. With his new faith, he champions counseling for gay people, whom he feels are imprisoned by their homosexual desires. When God’s ways yield weak results, he devises a new plan: what if science can help? After searching for the right person, he discovers the work of an ambitious medical researcher who has been attempting to replicate the work of Simon Levay, who believed he had isolated the biological origin for homosexuality. If only this young, researcher had access to a healthy test-subject pool to prove these findings. To what extent will his team of “converted” gays succeed in their new mission? Will Scott prove to have the stomach or Isaac up to the challenge?
Dr. Stephen Riles is convinced that his work will create a name for himself. His ambition buries him in his work, while leaving his wife neglected and his 21-year-old son, Tommy, distant. His drive also prevents him from questioning the motives of this religious group or even looking deep enough into where their test subjects come from. Could they all really be the result of a number of suicides?
Detective John Thompson, having just returned to Philadelphia after a failed attempt to make life work in San Diego, is trying to assuage the anxiety and depression his partner, Kevin, is facing as a new Philadelphia resident and his stress at work. The reports on a number of disappearances within the city limits isn’t helping. Could it be that the connection all of these cases contain is the sexuality of these people?
Praise for the novel:
"The book is well-written [...], pacing the character-driven story perfectly, with a minimum of confusion or flashbacks, and - due to the reality of how some religious-right zealots see gays as a challenge - one of the more outright terrifying books I have ever read."
-Bob Lind (Amazon review)
-Dave Parker (Amazon review)