Awake in the World

Awake in the World

by Jason Gurley

When all was lost, they found each other.

As the sun sets off the coast of the small California town of Orilla del Cielo, the silhouettes of oil rigs loom. Their shadows mar the serene backdrop, their sharpness a reminder of unfulfilled promises. To Zach, they are also a reminder of loss—his father, an oil worker, drowned years earlier. With his family struggling to make ends meet, Zach feels he’s destined for a bleak future. 

Until he meets Vanessa. She's an optimistic girl from a wealthy family whose sights are literally set on the stars. Inspired by her idol, Carl Sagan, she plans on studying astronomy at Cornell. But as oil prospectors in search of black gold know, the future is uncertain . . . and fortunes can always be flipped.

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About the Author

About Jason Gurley

Jason Gurley is the author of Eleanor and other adult novels. His short fiction has appeared in Lightspeed Magazine and the anthologies Loosed Upon the Worldand Help Fund My Robot Army. Jason lives and writes in Scappoose, Oregon.